Becky G., also known as Rebbeca Marie Gomez, is a singer, songwriter, rapper and actress. She has a recurring role on the Fox series “Empire” as the fiery Valentina.
Lionsgate made the casting announcement Friday on Twitter and Instagram.
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.