'Power Rangers' Movie Casts its Black

Lionsgate has tapped “Monster Hunt” actor Ludi Lin as the Black Ranger for its upcoming “Power Rangers” movie.

The studio made the announcement Thursday on Twitter and Instagram.

He’s the third actor cast for the movie, following Naomi Scott as the Pink Ranger and Dacre Montgomery as the Red Ranger.

Lind plays a magician in “Monster Hunt,” which has become a box office smash in China.

Dean Israelite is directing the movie from a script by Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz. Haim Saban, Brian Casentini and Allison Shearmur are producing.

The story reimagines the origins of the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, a group of high school kids given extraterrestrial powers who unite to save the world.

The 1993 Fox Kids TV series became a pop culture phenomenon and inspired a big-screen adaptation, “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie,” in 1995.

Lionsgate and Saban Brands announced plans last year  to develop and produce a live-action movie based on Saban’s Power Rangers property as the first film in a franchise.

“Power Rangers” hits theaters on Jan. 13, 2017.

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