It was about a month or so ago that Lionsgate and Saban announced they began testing actors for the upcoming 2017 tokusatsu reboot, Power Rangers. The show has gone on for well over two decades crossing over Japanese sci-fi and fantasy lore to North American TV audiences in 1993 and since moving into Hollywood territory with at least two films in 1995 and 1997.
The two companies announced the reboot in May of 2014 long prior to finally attaching a director in the form of Earth To Echo helmer Dean Israelite with a release date currently stamped for January 13, 2017. Now, with actress Naomi Scott newly cast as the Pink Ranger as of October 7, thus signaling the start of casting announcements, Lionsgate and Saban have confirmed the addition of actor Dacre Montgomery as The Red Ranger
Every #PowerRangers squad needs a leader. Welcome Dacre Montgomery as the Red Ranger in the 2017 #PowerRangersMovie! pic.twitter.com/lnqWjhoUCP
— Power Rangers (@PowerRangers) October 20, 2015
Current fans of the series will already be familiar with where the plot of the film will likely go as the show, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, focused on five teenagers swept away to a mysterious fortress and given magical morphers that will grant them special powers, and the necessary tools and vehicles to defend Earth from evil. Haim Saban is producing with Brian Casentini and Allison Shearmur with a script by Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz.