The studio has tapped Dean Israelite to direct the film and has cast five young actors to star — Becky G. as the Yellow Ranger, Ludi Lin as the Black Ranger, Naomi Scott as the Pink Ranger, Dacre Montgomery as the Red Ranger and R.J. Cyler as the Blue Ranger. Elizabeth Banks will play the evil alien witch Rita Repulsa.
“Power Rangers”will hits theaters on March 24, 2017. Producers are Saban Films’ Haim Saban and Brian Casentini, along with Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey. Allison Shearmur is an exec producer. Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama wrote the script.
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 in 2014 to develop and produce a live-action movie based on Saban’s “Power Rangers” property as the first film in a franchise.
Denman’s recent credits include the war drama “13 Hours” and Joel Edgerton’s “The Gift.” The “Office” alum will be starring in Robert Kirkman’s horror drama series “Outcast” for Cinemax.
He is repped by UTA, Berwick & Kovacik, and Schreck Rose. The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news.