First Look at Becky G & the Cast of 'Power Rangers'
On March 4, Lionsgate released the first official cast photo for the upcoming reboot of the popular kids series "Power Rangers."
The photo, released on social media, features cast members Becky G as Trini (the Yellow Ranger), RJ Cyler as Billy (the Blue Ranger), Naomi Scott as Kimberly (the Pink Ranger), Ludi Lin as Zack (the Black Ranger) and Dacre Montgomery as Jason (the Red Ranger) standing on a mountain top.
A photo posted by Power Rangers (@powerrangersmovie) on Mar 4, 2016 at 10:00am PST
A video posted by B (@iambeckyg) on Jan 29, 2016 at 9:21am PST
A photo posted by Ludi Lin (@ludilin) on Feb 11, 2016 at 6:23pm PST
Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, the director of the highly anticipated film, Dean Israelite, revealed the importance of staying true to the original concept of the series by including a diverse cast but eliminating the race-based colors.
“From the very beginning, diversity was a very important part of the whole process,” he said. “We switched all of the races around, but we made sure that the essence of each of those characters are who they were in the original show, and this really will be an origin story of those characters.”
The film's most recent casting was that of "Hunger Games" and "Pitch Perfect" star Elizabeth Banks as the villain Rita Repulsa. Banks, along with Lionsgate, shared the news on Twitter and revealed her excitement over the role.
After 10,000 years, I'm free! It's time to conquer Earth!! Time to play #RitaRepulsa #PowerRangersMovie pic.twitter.com/ouzd2BtkUI — Elizabeth Banks (@ElizabethBanks) February 2, 2016
The film is expected to be released on March 24, 2017.