Saban’s Power Rangers began shooting today in Vancouver. Helmed by director Dean Isrealite with a cast of (relatively) newcomers: Dacre Montgomery as Jason, Naomi Scott as Kimberly, RJ Cyler as Billy, Ludi Li as Zack and Becky Gomez as Trini. Of course Elizabeth Banks is playing the villian Rita Repulsa with no other cast members announced as of yet. The official synopsis realeased by Lionsgate says:
“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.”
Lionsgate (NYSE:LGF), a premier next generation global content leader, announced that production on Saban’s Power Rangers will commence today in Vancouver. The film stars Elizabeth Banks as arch-villain Rita Repulsa, along with new Power Rangers Dacre Montgomery, RJ Cyler, Naomi Scott, Becky G, and Ludi Lin. The film is a production of Lionsgate and Saban Brands.
The film stars Dacre Montgomery (A Few Less Men) as Jason the Red Ranger, RJ Cyler (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl) as Billy the Blue Ranger, Naomi Scott (The 33) as Kimberly the Pink Ranger, Becky G (Empire) as Trini the Yellow Ranger, Ludi Lin (Monster Hunt) as Zack the Black Ranger, and Elizabeth Banks (Pitch Perfect, The Hunger Games franchise) as Rita Repulsa.
Directed by Dean Israelite (Project Almanac), Saban’s Power Rangers is written by John Gatins (Kong: Skull Island, Real Steel), Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama (Dracula Untold), Zack Stentz and Ashley Miller (X-Men: First Class, Thor), and Max Landis (Chronicle). Producers are Power Rangers creator Haim Saban, Brian Casentini (Power Rangers TV series), Wyck Godfrey, and Marty Bowen (The Twilight Saga, The Fault in Our Stars, The Maze Runner franchise).
With a script written by several very talented writer the new Power Rangers movie is said to be not only giving an update to these iconic characters but give them real world problems appealing to a more young adult crowd. While that’s great and everything I’m more practical. I want to see suits, Megazords, and monster battling.
Power Rangers debuts March 24, 2017.
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