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New Image of 2017 Power Rangers Film’s Rita Hits The Web


After 10,000 years she’s – well… maybe she needs a little more time.

Yesterday, the official Power Rangers movie’s Instagram account shared a new still from the film. The image features Elizabeth Banks in costume as Rita, who’s trapped behind a wall of crystal (or ice).

A photo posted by Power Rangers (@powerrangersmovie) on

Power Rangers 2017 Cast Photo - Full Ranger Costume - 20160621Lionsgate describe the new Power Rangers film as:

Saban’s Power Rangers follows five ordinary high school kids who must become something extraordinary when they learn that their small town of Angel Grove – and the world – is on the verge of being obliterated by an alien threat. Chosen by destiny, our heroes quickly discover that they are the only ones who can save the planet. But to do so they will have to overcome their real-life issues and band together as the Power Rangers before it is too late.

The confirmed cast includes:

  • Jason (Red Ranger): Dacre Montgomery
  • Billy (Blue Ranger): R.J. Cyler
  • Kimberly (Pink Ranger): Naomi Scott
  • Zack (Black Ranger): Ludi Lin
  • Trini (Yellow Ranger): Becky Gomez
  • Rita Repulsa: Elizabeth Banks
  • Zordon: Bryan Cranston
  • Sam Scott (Jason’s Father): David Denman

Power Rangers 2017 Rita Repulsa 001 - 20160303Dean Israelite (Project Almanac) is in the director’s chair for the project, which features a script by John Gatins (Kong: Skull Island, Real Steel), Burk Sharpless, Matt Sazama (Dracula Untold), Max Landis (Chronicle), Zack Stentz, and Ashley Miller (X-Men: First Class, Thor).

Haim Saban, Brian Casentini, Wyck Godfrey, and Marty Bowen are serving as producers on the film. Allison Shearmur and Brent O’Connor will executive produce.

Power Rangers Movie - Full Costume 001 - 20160817

Other staff members include:

  • Music: Brian Tyler (Avengers: Age of Ultron)
  • Costume Design: Kelli Jones (Straight Outta Compton)
  • Set Design: Hamish Purdy (The Revenant)
  • Suit Design & Visual Effects: Weta Workshop (The Lord of the Rings)
  • Stunt Coordinator: Paul Jennings
  • Production Designer: Andrew Menzies
  • Director of Photography: Matt Lloyd

In June, Entertainment Tonight published a video interview with actor Bryan Cranston. In the piece, Cranston discusses his role as Zordon in the film, and confirms that he is doing motion capture work for the project.

According to Cranston, Zordon will be brought to life by “a lot of CGI.” In the film, Zordon will be “a real person who was trapped in this eitherworld, and becomes in the walls, so to speak of [The Command Center]. And he still has a heart and mind, and an agenda that he’s got to get these five Power Rangers to defend the Earth or else everyone they know will be killed.”

Source: ComicBookMovie.com

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