March 09, 2017 04:43 PM

It’s getting close to morphin’ time!

With the release date of the new Power Rangers movie mere weeks away, PEOPLE has an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the cast in action during filming.



Directed by Dean Israelite (Project Almanac), Power Rangers is based on the ’90s TV show and follows five ordinary teens who must come together to try and stop their small town of Angel Grove — and the world — from being obliterated by an alien threat.  



Those five teens are played by: pop star Becky G as Trini/the Yellow Ranger, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl‘s RJ Cyler as Billy/the Blue Ranger, Naomi Scott as Kimberly/the Pink Ranger, Ludi Lin as Zack/the Black Ranger and Dacre Montgomery as Jason the Red Ranger.



The “disenfranchised and disparate” high schoolers have to band together to fight an especially evil foe — Rita Repulsa, aka the original series’ iconic villain, played by Elizabeth Banks in her first role as a baddie.

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



Israelite told EW that Banks is a great Repulsa, specifically for the way in which she toes the line between insanity and straight villainy.

“It’s very exciting that we got [Banks], and I think what she loves is the opportunity to really embrace the insanity and deliciousness of Rita Repulsa in terms of how weird and wonderful that character was, and really dive into and consume that character,” he said.

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As for the rest of the cast, the director said that he wanted this superhero coming-of-age story to reflect the lives of modern teens today.

“From the very beginning, diversity was a very important part of the whole process,” said Israelite. “We switched all of the races around, but we made sure that the essence of each of those characters are who they were in the original show, and this really will be an origin story of those characters.”

Power Rangers opens March 24.

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