We finally get our first look at the hotly anticipated Power Rangers reboot. Entertainment Weekly rolled out their exclusive first look at the new batch of Rangers, which features pop star Becky G, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl star RJ Cyler, Naomi Scott, Ludi Lin and Dacre Montgomery as Trini, Billy, Kimberly, Zack and Jason, respectively. Directed by Dean Israelite, who made his feature-film debut with last year’s found footage pic Project Almanac, the reboot will be modernized and focus on a group of misfit teens coming to terms with their new powers and grappling with the danger that comes with them.
The director spoke with EW about the upcoming film and how important it was for those involved to maintain the show’s original diversity but discard the race-based stereotypes that came with it. “From the very beginning, diversity was a very important part of the whole process,” he told them. “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.”
Power Rangers will truly start from the beginning, before these five teens became friends. As the story progresses, they’ll come into their powers and face their biggest villain, Rita Repulsa, played by the infectious Elizabeth Banks. “You should always be off-balance when you’re watching her. Is she insane? Is she totally calculated? Does she know what she’s doing? Elizabeth can toe that line really well,” he continued.
As far as the iconic costumes are concerned, Israelite told them that they will be easily recognizable, but also have a “really modern, edgy, badass, aspirational quality” look to them. “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.”
Sign us up. My only question. Will Tommy and Zordon get introduced in this reboot? No word on those two characters yet, but we’re sure more details will roll out sooner than later.
Power Rangers is set to hit theaters March 24, 2017. For now, check out the cast down below.
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