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Director Dean Israelite talks Power Rangers plus first cast picture

03.03.2016

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There's a lot of folks who grew up with the original Power Rangers TV show that followed a group of high-school kids who are infused with unique superpowers, so I think everyone's a little curious to see how this new feature film, directed by Dean Israelite (PROJECT ALMANAC), is going to turn out. Today, we have the first cast picture, courtesy of Entertainment Weekly, that gives us a look at Becky G, RJ Cyler, Naomi Scott, Ludi Lin, and Dacre Montgomery as Trini, Billy, Kimberly, Zack, and Jason. We also have Israelite talking a bit about the team, as well as the WETA-designed costumes and Elizabeth Banks taking on a role as a villain. Check it out!

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Director Dean Israelite on POWER RANGERS:

From the very beginning, diversity was a very important part of the whole process. 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.

Regarding the new costumes:

We’ve really pushed ourselves to make them feel different from any other superhero costume that’s out there. One key that’s different to the Power Ranger suits is that they’re not really suits that people get into. They’re suits that morph onto our kids, so they already have this almost metaphysical quality to them.

On Elizabeth Banks as Rita Repulsa:

It’s very exciting that we got [Banks], and I think what she loves is the opportunity to really embrace the insanity and deliciousness of Rita Repulsa in terms of how weird and wonderful that character was, and really dive into and consume that character. You should always be off-balance when you’re watching her. Is she insane? Is she totally calculated? Does she know what she’s doing? Elizabeth can toe that line really well.

While I wasn't a fan of the Power Rangers growing up, I am curious to see where they take this. RJ Cyler absolutely killed it in ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL, and Elizabeth Banks is always fun to watch, so they certainly have me on board as far as the casting goes. I never get into the cheese of the original show/films, so I'm hoping this reboot goes a much cooler route.

POWER RANGERS is scheduled to open on March 24, 2017.

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12:44PM on 03/05/2016
I like Marty Mcfly Ranger. Also checkout the heels on the guy in the middle. Height issues?
I like Marty Mcfly Ranger. Also checkout the heels on the guy in the middle. Height issues?
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6:37PM on 03/03/2016
Gotta do the sparkly swirl around and dramatic music as the costume attaches to the heroes. Wouldn't be Power Rangers without it.
Gotta do the sparkly swirl around and dramatic music as the costume attaches to the heroes. Wouldn't be Power Rangers without it.
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8:21PM on 03/03/2016
Oh, that is a must! That and over-the-top action while Morphing.
Oh, that is a must! That and over-the-top action while Morphing.
6:24PM on 03/03/2016
Wait, suits that morph onto the cast? Like Green Lantern movie suit???
Wait, suits that morph onto the cast? Like Green Lantern movie suit???
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6:38PM on 03/03/2016
They are Mighty and Morphin'. It's what they do.
They are Mighty and Morphin'. It's what they do.
8:19PM on 03/03/2016
Super.
Super.
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4:16PM on 03/03/2016
Wait, the black ranger wont be played by a black guy? But ill be so confused!!
Wait, the black ranger wont be played by a black guy? But ill be so confused!!
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2:50PM on 03/03/2016

Wow, this actually sounds good...

I really hope WETA gives the villains REAL costumes and not overused CGI. They can look like the Orcs and stuff from the original Lord of the Rings movies, just a bunch of makeup and not a lot of fake generated stuff. We don't want this to look like a cartoon like the Ghostbuster remake does. This should be whimsical but real.
I really hope WETA gives the villains REAL costumes and not overused CGI. They can look like the Orcs and stuff from the original Lord of the Rings movies, just a bunch of makeup and not a lot of fake generated stuff. We don't want this to look like a cartoon like the Ghostbuster remake does. This should be whimsical but real.
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2:47PM on 03/03/2016
I'm just amused that the first thought that ran through my mind when I saw the pic was, wow that is quite the diverse group of kids. Then the first comment from the director in the article was who they were focused on diversity. The Japanese TV style of fighting the monsters always took me out of the show. Also the super cheese factor. This seems to possibly not have those factors, so perhaps I will watch it.
I'm just amused that the first thought that ran through my mind when I saw the pic was, wow that is quite the diverse group of kids. Then the first comment from the director in the article was who they were focused on diversity. The Japanese TV style of fighting the monsters always took me out of the show. Also the super cheese factor. This seems to possibly not have those factors, so perhaps I will watch it.
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2:50PM on 03/03/2016
It will have cheese. Elizabeth Banks as Rita Repulsa... She is totally going to overdo it, even more than her Hunger Games character.
It will have cheese. Elizabeth Banks as Rita Repulsa... She is totally going to overdo it, even more than her Hunger Games character.
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