Here's a First Look at Elizabeth Banks as Rita Repulsa in 'Power Rangers' Reboot
Entertainment Weekly and People jointly debuted the image, which features Banks wearing an emerald green getup -- complete with some sharp talons and angular facial features -- that looks sleeker and more reptilian than past representations of Rita. According to the actress, that difference is intentional.
"It's definitely a modern and edgy re-imagining of the original Rita Repulsa," Banks told People. "We wanted to give her a backstory that connects her to the new Rangers."
Just what that backstory will be is being kept under wraps for now, though Rita's mission remains the same: conquer Earth at any cost, and take down those do-gooder Power Rangers in the process. As the villain, Banks told People that she's excited for "world domination – and being unpredictable as a character." We're excited, too, and can't wait to see what Banks does with the campy character.
Banks will make her evil debut when "Power Rangers" hits theaters on March 24, 2017.
Photo credit: Tim Palen via Entertainment Weekly