While the original Power Rangers series was campy and overdone, it still remains important to the large and growing audience its had since it first launched back in the early ’90s. Just last year news surfaced that the series was making the jump to the big screen with Lionsgate planning a live-action reboot of Power Rangers.
The new Power Rangers film is set to be helmed by Project Almanac director Dean Israelite, with the script being penned by Zack Stentz and Ashley Miller (X-Men: First Class). While no official plot details have been revealed as of yet, Israelite previously described the script by Stentz and Miller as “mature but still playful” with it updating the series “in a really interesting way.” Based on those comments alone, it seems Power Rangers may walk the middle ground between the original series and the recent trend of grounded reboots, in order to cater to both audiences.
With production set to start early next year, Lionsgate has begun assembling the core cast for its Power Rangers film. Just a few days ago, an early shortlist for some of the roles in the film was revealed, with Daniel Zovatto (It Follows) and K.J. Apa (Shortland Street) being among the early contenders. As officially revealed via the Power Rangers movie’s Instagram account, the reboot has found its Pink Ranger, in The Martian‘s Naomi Scott.
Out of all those up for Power Rangers, Scott has one of the more illustrious filmographies (relatively speaking), with her appearing in both The 33 and The Martian just this year alone. Going off the aforementioned shortlist, it seems as though Naomi Scott beat out a few other notable contenders for the part, including both AnnaSophia Robb (Soul Surfer) and Stephanie Scott (Jem and the Holograms). Power Rangers, on the other hand, will be her biggest part yet, although from what Scott has shown so far, she may be up to the task.
Scott will play Kimberly, who, according to a previous rumored description for the character, is returning back to school after a mysterious extended absence by the time the film begins. Described as “unconventionally cool all in a way the popular girls wish they were,” Kimberly tries to ignore the rumored reasons for her nonattendance, but in truth she’s “masking a deep secret that makes her feel profoundly vulnerable.”
Judging by the description alone, it’s clear that the Power Rangers reboot will contain more character development than its TV counterpart has ever had. More interesting characters and better visual effects (thanks to an increased budget) may be the key for Lionsgate to separate the two. That being said, it’s still important that the reboot remains in the spirit of the original series, even if it excludes some of the more dated elements. With casting now underway, stay tuned for more casting information for Power Rangers as it surfaces.
Power Rangers will open in theaters on January 13, 2017.