It’s been well over two decades since Japanese Tokusatsu took America by storm with Saban’s own Fox Kids programming in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, and the show itself has spawned a vast, almost nebulous evolution all its own. The costumes, powers and stories have remained ever evolving, turning it into a cultural phenomenon that has done wonders for the comic con community and martial arts fans alike.
Back in full force this week is director Dean Isrealite’s new movie, Power Rangers, now ready to make its presence known at Comic Con International: San Diego ahead of its release next year. As such, the campaign continues as we slowly inch toward a teaser, with a slow and steady rollout of posters and images to bask in – one now coming courtesy of USA Today revealing a new image of our cast in costume.
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The film takes its cues from the 1993 Ameritoku crossover series titled close to the same name for Fox Kids prior to feature film adaptations thereafter. Israelite’s version, a reboot aimed at a potential franchise from Lionsgate and Saban, casts Naomi Scott as Kimberly the Pink Ranger, R.J. Cyler as Billy the Blue Ranger, Dacre Montgomery as Jason the Red Ranger, Ludi Lin as Zack the Black Ranger and Becky G as Trini the Yellow Ranger. Actress Elizabeth Banks stars opposite our heroes as intergalactic villainess Rita Repulsa with Bryan Cranston as the Rangers’ mentor, Zordon.
Saban’s Power Rangers follows five ordinary high school kids who must become something extraordinary when they learn that their small town of Angel Grove – and the world – is on the verge of being obliterated by an alien threat. Chosen by destiny, our heroes quickly discover that they are the only ones who can save the planet. But to do so they will have to overcome their real-life issues and band together as the Power Rangers before it is too late.
Power Rangers opens on March 24, 2017.