‘Power Rangers’: Actors Begin Testing for Lionsgate Reboot

'Power Rangers': Actors Begin Testing for
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With Dean Israelite set as its director and the latest script in to execs, Lionsgate has begun the search for who will become the new “Power Rangers.”

Sources tell Variety the studio is about to begin testing young talent, looking at up-and-coming actors and actresses to make up the team. Sources say Daniel Zovatto (“It Follows”), Ross Butler (“Chasing Life”) and Brian “Sene” Marc are among those testing for Zack (aka the Black Ranger), while KJ Apa (“Shortland Street”), Austin Butler (“The Shannara Chronicles”) and Mitchell Hope (“The Descendants”) are testing for Jason (aka the Red Ranger).

Sources also say Naomi Scott (“The Martian”) and newcomer Stephanie Scott are up for the role of Kimberley (aka the Pink Ranger). Insiders say the studio is looking for fresh faces to fill out the team and will probably look for a big name to play the antagonist for the films, though no offers have been made for that part.

Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz are penning the script, with Haim Saban, Brian Casentini and Allison Shearmur producing.

The story reimagines the origins of the “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers,” a group of high school kids who find themselves infused with extraterrestrial powers and unite to save the world, with the aid of giant mechanical vehicles known as Zords.

The 1993 Fox Kids TV series became a pop culture phenomenon and inspired a theatrical film, “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie,” in 1995. The original iteration of the series ran until 1996, when the franchise was renamed simply “Power Rangers,” with different subtitles every season.

In later seasons, the title teens were replaced with new characters and vehicles every year. A second theatrical pic, “Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie,” was released in 1997 and was presented as a link between “Power Rangers” series “Zeo” and “Turbo.” The show was originally adapted from the long-running Japanese “Super Sentai” series, recycling footage from the Japanese version to cut down on production costs.

The pic is expected to go up against Guy Ritchie’s retelling of the “King Arthur” story, which also bows on Jan. 13, 2017.

Lionsgate declined to comment.

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  1. mighty morphin power rangers 2017

  2. Xavier Miller says:

    Would like to have a yellow ranger same like tracy lynn cruz. Would be exciting

  3. Alec Zavala says:

    Like it says in the article, KJ Apa, the one auditioning to play Jason was on the New Zealand show: Shortland Street. Fun fact: So many Shortland Street actors have played Power Rangers over the years, like Pua Magasiva, Sally Martin, Li Ming Hu,etc. It’s because of Power Rangers that I started watching Shortland Street in the first place, you guys should check it out Pua (Shane from Ninja Storm) and Sally’s(Tori) characters are married in this show!

  4. Katy says:

    Worst choice ever to play Jason would be Austin Butler.

  5. Freddy says:

    So what is this gonna be all white power rangers cast. Screw this crap!

  6. John says:

    All those actors look like shit people to play any ranger on the team

  7. Chris says:

    Why is this even being made?

  8. Stop White Washing says:

    I so hate white washing and I can’t figure out why they keep doing it. I just hope this is a mistake and that people mistook the black ranger for the blue one. Also they better find someone of asian ethnicity for the yellow ranger or these people are just racist.

    • A Fellow says:

      Maybe the Blue ranger will be the black guy this time around. Who knows.

    • i think it’s happening because it’s not pc to have the black guy be the black ranger.

      • Stop White Washing says:

        So it’s more pc to have no black guy? I don’t see the logic in that. Lets say they make a black actor play the blue ranger, his characteristics will be the nerdy black guy instead and in my opinion that’s even more racist than having a black person as the black ranger. I remember the Black Ranger as my favorite, so am I racist because I want him to still be played by some one of African ancestry?

  9. they don’t have a single black guy auditioning for zack? come on!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. 5654funny says:

    If the producers bring in new characters in the new power rangers movie I am not watching this movie period I grew up watching the orginal cast and crew and I really want to see Kimberly Jason Billy Zack tommy rocky adam and Aisha in this movie

    • rocky adam and Aisha will be nowhere in this film those are all Second generation chracters and from out of town. the odds of Tommy being a major player is silm as well, you need to set up the core five team and then maybe in movie two bring him in the ‘green with evil’ arch and have it concluded in movie three. at the end of movie three have Lord Zedd show up in post credits.

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