See Elizabeth Banks As Rita Repulsa In The New “Power Rangers” Movie

"After 10,000 years, I'm free! It's time to conquer Earth!"

Production on the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers movie is well under way, and a photo of Elizabeth Banks as chief villain Rita Repulsa is now making the rounds.

rita repulsa power rangers EW
EW

Banks, who cut her sci-fi teeth in the Hunger Games, is sporting a different look than fans of the TV show are used to, which leads us to wonder if producers are going to drop the low-budget cheesy quality that made us love MMPR in the first place.

“It’s definitely a modern and edgy re-imagining of the original Rita” Banks told People. “We wanted to give her a backstory that connects her to the new Rangers.”

We still say Phi Phi O’Hara was robbed.

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Phi Phi O'Hara

But we have no complaint about the Rangers themselves.

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers hits theaters March 24, 2017.

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