Production began earlier this week on the upcoming theatrical reboot of Power Rangers. Coming to us courtesy of Lionsgate and Saban, the cinematic reboot of the popular TV series (and its various spin-offs) has issued its first official still. Below you can see our five leads out of costume: Dacre Montgomery as ‘Jason’ (Red Ranger), Ludi Lin as ‘Zack” (Black Ranger), RJ Cyler as ‘Billy’ (Blue Ranger), Becky G as ‘Trini’ (Yellow Ranger), and Naomi Scott as ‘Kimberly’ (Pink Ranger)…
They are joined by Elizabeth Banks as villain ‘Rita Repulsa’, who obviously is not pictured here. The film is directed by Dean Israelite (Project Almanac), who also spoke to EW about the project…
“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 Rangers’ suits will also be getting a update as well, thanks to Weta Workshop of Lord of the Rings fame, who fabricated the costumes. Israelite wanted the costume to be immediately recognizable as belonging to the Power Rangers, while give them a “really modern, edgy, badass, aspirational quality.”
“We’ve really pushed ourselves to make them feel different from any other superhero costume that’s out there,” Israelite said. “One key that’s different to the Power Ranger suits is that they’re not really suits that people get into. They’re suits that morph onto our kids, so they already have this almost metaphysical quality to them.”
Powers Rangers is produced by Haim Saban, Brian Casentini, Marty Bowen, and Wyck Godfrey. Brian Tyler will be on scoring duties. It is expected to hit screens nationwide on March 24, 2017.
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