2017’s big screen adaptation of Power Rangers has their main cast confirmed and photos have become available of these new stars.
The new cast of teen superheroes include,
- Naomi Scott as Kimberly Hart / The Pink Ranger
- Becky G. as Trini Kwan / The Yellow Ranger
- Dacre Montgomery as Jason Lee Scott / The Red Ranger
- RJ Cyler as Billy Cranston / The Blue Ranger
- Ludi Lin as Zack Taylor / The Black Ranger
“Saban’s Power Rangers” film has been described as a coming of age story about the five Rangers who, at the beginning of the film, are not yet friends.
As far as casting goes, director Dean Israelite explained their decision to alter some of the races of the five Rangers…
“From the very beginning, diversity was a very important part of the whole process. 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.“
He continued on describing alterations to the look and feel of the Rangers’ costumes…
“We’ve really pushed ourselves to make them feel different from any other superhero costume that’s out there,” Israelite added. “One key that’s different to the Power Ranger suits is that they’re not really suits that people get into. They’re suits that morph onto our kids, so they already have this almost metaphysical quality to them.”
In choosing the villain he wanted to feature, the director praises the casting of Elizabeth Banks…
“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,” Israelite said. “You should always be off-balance when you’re watching her. Is she insane? Is she totally calculated? Does she know what she’s doing? Elizabeth can toe that line really well.”
Power Rangers is scheduled to be released in theaters on March 24, 2017.