Audiences are now just a few months away from the release of Power Rangers, the reboot to the popular franchise that dates back to the early '90s. As the premiere approaches, fans have not only seen the trailer, but they have had looks at a number of costumes and characters. Overall the glimpses of the Rangers' suits and Zords, as well as Rita Repulsa (played by Elizabeth Banks) and Alpha 5 (voiced by Bill Hader) all look more alien than in previous iterations. Fans are still waiting to see how Bryan Cranston will appear as Zordon (marking his return to the franchise), but they did get a first glimpse of the villainous Goldar earlier today.
First appearing in the original series, Goldar is one of Rita's henchman, a sort of werewolf with wings and a suit of gold armor. For the update, the alien look of the other characters seems to have been cast aside for a more literal approach, as he appears to be composed of liquid gold. The reveal has driven many internet discussions, and one may have let slip the return of a fan-favorite actor to the franchise.
According to ComicBook, it looks like the original Green Ranger, Jason David Frank, may be making an appearance in the new film.
The shot above comes from the Instagram of actor Blake Foster, who previously starred in Power Rangers Turbo alongside Frank. If you look closely, you'll notice that as he and a fan argue about his criticisms of the film (and Goldar's new look in particular), he reveals that "JDF is in it." This more than likely refers to Jason David Frank.
While this far from a confirmed source for the news Frank's alleged cameo, it's not out of the realm of possibilities that Foster would have knowledge of his friend's role in the film. He also seems to indicate that Frank's involvement will ensure that the new movie is at least faithful to the franchise, or else the actor wouldn't be involved. As such, it's comforting to know some people involved with the various TV shows are rooting for the movie to succeed and continue the Power Rangers franchise for a whole new generation -- even if they do so while they voice their complaints.
[Update: Blake Foster recently corrected his previous statement saying "JDF is in it" was a typo. He said: "I was driving so I was using Siri and it was supposed to say what if he is in it - and it came across he is in it."]
With the release of Power Rangers fast approaching, Screen Rant will keep you updated with more information.
- Power Rangers (2017) release date: Mar 24, 2017