Elizabeth Banks As 'Power Rangers' Villain Rita Repulsa Is Giving Us Major Poison Ivy Vibes

You've never seen her like this.

The first photo of Elizabeth Banks as iconic "Power Rangers" villain Rita Repulsa is finally here, and it's intense. 

The "Pitch Perfect" actress ditched her blond locks (and eyebrows) to morph into the menacing character, who will appear in the upcoming "Power Rangers" reboot film.

Instead of sporting Rita's viking-esque horned headpiece, Banks rocks a severe sleek ponytail accented with gold strips and wears a fully green ensemble complete with spiked shoulders. She's also wearing some terrifying nails that rival Lady Gaga's deadly fingertips in "American Horror Story: Hotel." 

The interpretation is definitely a far cry from the 1993 television series, though it does bring to mind another famous villainess: Poison Ivy (minus the red hair, of course.)

"It's definitely a modern and edgy re-imagining of the original Rita Repulsa," Banks told People of her character's new look. "We wanted to give her a backstory that connects her to the new Rangers." 

The actress also said that she's excited to play the character as she's "never played a villain before" and she's looking forward to "world domination -- and being unpredictable as a character."

"Power Rangers," directed by Dean Israelite, will hit theaters in March 2017.



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