When it was first announced that a big-screen Power Rangers reboot was in the works, fans were understandably divided. After all, the franchise defined the childhood of an entire generation when it began in 1993 and has continued to do so in various incarnations ever since.
However, details on the film from director Dean Israelite (Project Almanac) are emerging quickly, as it prepares to start shooting early next year. Now one more piece has fallen into place for the new Power Rangers lineup.
Via the film’s official Instagram account, Lionsgate/Saban has announced that actor Ludi Lin will play the Black Ranger in the upcoming Power Rangers reboot. With only a handful of credits to his name, Lin is a relative newcomer, most recently appearing in this year’s Monster Hunt. He joins Naomi Scott and Dacre Montgomery as the Pink Ranger and Red Ranger, respectively. Here’s the Instagram post that revealed Lin’s involvement:
At this point, it’s safe to say that most of the film’s cast will follow early rumors that focuses on unknowns or relative newcomers in key roles. Rather than simply inserting big names as this rebooted version of the original roster of Power Rangers, this approach can keep the emphasis on the new film’s take on the established mythology that surrounds the franchise. Still, the fact that Lin and his castmates have yet to truly prove themselves onscreen makes it difficult to guess how well they are suited to the project.
Initially, it was believed that the five main characters will share the same names and personalities as the original cast of the television series, making Lin the Zack of this new version. However, conflicting reports have since called that into question, claiming the film will actually fit within the franchise’s canon and follow current series Power Rangers Dino Charge. In this case, it would be far easier to find a role for fan-favorite Jason David Frank, as the actor has expressed interested in being involved. Until Saban and/or Lionsgate makes an official announcement one way or another, we can only speculate exactly which characters will be under those color-coded helmets. Stay tuned.
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Power Rangers opens in U.S. theaters on January 13th, 2017.