Filming Begins on the New Power Rangers Movie with Elizabeth Banks

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Elizabeth Banks at the ‘Pitch Perfect 2’ premiere (Photo © Richard Chavez)

Lionsgate says filming is now underway on Saban’s Power Rangers movie with Elizabeth Banks on board as the villainous Rita Repulsa. The cast also includes new Power Rangers Dacre Montgomery as Jason the Red Ranger, RJ Cyler as Billy the Blue Ranger, Naomi Scott as Kimberly the Pink Ranger, Becky G as Trini the Yellow Ranger, and Ludi Lin as Zack the Black Ranger.

The Power Rangers movie is being directed by Project Almanac‘s Dean Israelite from a script by John Gatins (Real Steel), Burk Sharpless, Matt Sazama (Dracula Untold), Zack Stentz, Ashley Miller (X-Men: First Class), and Max Landis (Chronicle). The behind the scenes team includes Matt Lloyd as director of photography, Andrew Menzies as production designer, and Kelli Jones as the costume designer. WETA Workshop is handling the visual effects and the design of the Power Rangers suits. Allison Shearmur and Brent O’Connor are executive producing, with Haim Saban, Brian Casentini, Wyck Godfrey, and Marty Bowen producing.

The Plot: 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.