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See the First Photo of Elizabeth Banks as Rita Repulsa in Power Rangers Movie

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EW has published the first official picture of Elizabeth Banks as the villain Rita Repulsa in the upcoming Lionsgate Power Rangers movie. AND SHE LOOKS BITCHIN’.

Right now the details about the movie is scarce. The plot is pretty generic:

Five ordinary high school kids Zack, Kimberly, Billy, Trini and Jason 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 led by Rita Repulsa. 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.

Power Rangers stars Dacre Montgomery, Becky G, Ludi Lin, Naomi Scott, RJ Cyler, and Elizabeth Banks.

The film is to be released on March 24, 2017.

 

Elizabeth Banks to Play Rita Repulsa In New Power Rangers Movie

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One of the queens of the acting world, Elizabeth Banks, has signed off to play one of the coolest roles for her yet. RITA REPULSA!

The actress tweeted last week that she has officially joined the cast of the upcoming 2017 Lionsgate reboot of Power Rangers in the role of the evil alien witch. In the movie, Rita Repulsa is free after 10,000 years of slumber/cryosleep/whatever they are calling it this time around and the Power Rangers will need to save Earth from her wrath.

 

There isn’t much else known about the rest of the reboot but with the likes of Banks signed on, it looks like it can’t be too terrible!

Elizabeth Banks to Direct Pitch Perfect 3

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Perfect human specimen, Elizabeth Banks, has announced that she will return as director for the third installment of the “Pitch Perfect” franchise.

Pitch Perfect 3, releasing in 2017, will see the return of  Banks not only in the director chair but also in her role as Gail alongside other returning castmates Brittany Snow, Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson.

The original 2012 film was based on Mickey Rapkin’s book Pitch Perfect: The Quest for Collegiate A Cappella Glory. The film grossed more than $115 million worldwide and its sequel, which was helmed by Banks, was even more successful, raking in more than $285 million worldwide.

Kay Cannon will write the script for the third installment of the popular musical-comedy film franchise. Banks, Paul Brooks of Gold Circle Entertainment and Max Handelman of Brownstone Productions will return to produce.

Pitch Perfect 3 will hit theaters Aug. 4, 2017.

Elizabeth Banks and Producers Sued Over “Walk of Shame”

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Elizabeth Banks and the producers of her recently released film, Walk of Shame, have been hit with a lawsuit less than a week after its release. The plaintiff claims that the producers essentially stole the screenplay.

According to the complaint filed on Wednesday in California federal court, Dan Rosen (the operator of Shame on You Productions), attempted to get a screenplay called “Darci’s Walk of Shame” developed seven years ago.

It goes even a step further. The complaint alleges that in 2007, Rosen sent to the screenplay to a mutual acquaintance of his and Banks’ to interest her in playing the lead role. A week later, Rosen is said to have met for three hours with Banks and her husband, Max Handelman, who produces films through Brownstone Productions.

Apparently while they liked the screenplay, they never got back to Rosen and Banks and Handelman retained the screenplay and never returned it.

The lawsuit from attorney Charles Coate details many alleged similarities between the works, including the title, large city setting and key plot sequences.

The suit reads,

“The plot in both works follows a pretty blonde but prudent woman (a ‘good girl’) in her thirties living in a big city who goes through a break up with her boyfriend, commiserates with her best girlfriends (one of whom is sexual and foulmouthed), gets drunk, spends a ‘one-nighter’ with a younger man she just met who works as a busboy/bartender, wakes up the next morning at his place, and puts on her inappropriate outfit from the night before.”

In response to the lawsuit, a Lakeshore spokesperson tells The Hollywood Reporter,

“Lakeshore developed Walk of Shame independently, prior to casting Elizabeth Banks. We believe this claim is meritless.”

Banks and Handelman did not produce the film. However, if the plaintiff did indeed meet with the Rosen, Banks, and Handelman, there may be merit to his claim and could argue he deserves compensation as the material he presented was later used.

You can read the complaint here in full.