First Look: ‘Power Rangers’ Cast Assembles

'Power Rangers': First Photo of Movie
Courtesy of Fox

Finally, a first look at the teens who will be morphin’ into Power Rangers.

The first official photo, courtesy of Entertainment Weekly, shows the five teenagers who will be battling alien life in the 2017 movie reboot “Power Rangers.” Singer Becky G, “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” star RJ Cyler, Naomi Scott, Ludi Lin and Dacre Montgomery will play Trini, Billy, Kimberly, Zack and Jason — the original Mighty Morphin Power Rangers — respectively. The film, directed by Dean Israelite, will be modernized and is described as a coming-of-age story for these misfit high schoolers.

Israelite told EW that the filmmakers wanted to keep the original show’s diversity while avoiding its race-based color assignments.

“From the very beginning, diversity was a very important part of the whole process,” he said. “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.”

The five kids will be squaring off against Rita Repulsa, played by Elizabeth Banks. The film’s director spoke to her ability to channel the “insane” legacy of the original series’ first villain.

“You should always be off-balance when you’re watching her,” Israelite said. “Is she insane? Is she totally calculated? Does she know what she’s doing? Elizabeth can toe that line really well.”

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  1. Mario says:

    There are suppose to be six rangers. What kind of shit is that?

    • J says:

      Tommy – the green/white ranger wasn’t introduced until later in the 1st season of the original show, it was a mini series called: Green with evil. He was initially a loyal servant to Rita. Did you even watch the original show? I’m sure the movie will touch on this because Rita’s green outfit kinda gives a hint she has the green ranger coin. The actor probably hasn’t been picked yet or maybe Hollywood is keeping it quiet until we get closer to the release date kinda like Marvel did with Spider-Man in Civil War.

  2. Greg. says:

    This is why my generation of the 80’s and 90’s was so much better than today’s “race wars.” Stupid shit like this “while avoiding its race-based color assignments,” is the problem with today’s society..The show comes from Japan..Tell me what exactly colors were the Japanese actors? Last I checked, no one was every pink, red, blue, green, etc etc..I really hope this flops.

    • Deka-avalanche says:

      man, i don’t know if this is just an “american thing” but back in the 90s when MMPR aired in our country, we really do not care if the asian wore yellow and the african american guy wore black, it’s not a huge deal for us really. they kicked ass and they’re so cool and made my childhood. I am looking forward to see these new guys in action.

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