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It’s almost morphin’ time, “Power Rangers” fans! The stars of Lionsgates’ “Power Rangers” film have joined forces in a new first-look cast photo of the five main characters.
“From the very beginning, diversity was a very important part of the whole process,” director Dean Israelite told Entertainment Weekly. “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.”
Though the photo doesn’t show the cast in their Power Rangers costumes, Israelite promises that they’ll be “really modern, edgy, [and] badass,” saying, “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.”
The original 1993 television series “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” followed teenagers Jason, Kimberly, Trini, Billy and Zack, who were chosen by the ancient being Zordon to defend Earth from attack against the forces of Rita Repulsa.
Directed by Dean Israelite and starring Dacre Montgomery as the Red Ranger, Naomi Scott as the Pink Ranger, Ludi Lin as the Black Ranger, R.J. Cyler as the Blue Ranger and Becky Gomez as the Yellow Ranger, “Power Rangers” morphs into theaters Jan. 13, 2017.