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Power Rangers movie adds Elizabeth Banks as Rita Repulsa

Production on the reboot began in Vancouver this week

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The Power Rangers movie is inching closer to reality, more than a year after Lionsgate announced plans to reboot the popular 1990s franchise. Production on the Dean Israelite film began yesterday in Vancouver, the studio announced this week, and its cast is now fully fleshed out. Most notably, Elizabeth Banks, who played Effie Trinket in The Hunger Games movies, has been cast as Rita Repulsa, the evil sorceress and Power Ranger nemesis. Rounding out the cast are Dacre Montgomery, RJ Cyler, Naomi Scott, Becky G, of Empire fame, and Ludi Lin.

The film's script was also written by Max Landis, who had hinted at his involvement on Twitter and in a November interview. As for the plot of said script, it sounds fairly generic:

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.

Saban's Power Rangers, as Lionsgate is calling the film, is scheduled for theatric release in March 2017. We can only hope it's as thrilling as the gritty concept short posted online last year.