I’ll admit Power Rangers was not my thing as a kid. I was forced to watch it with my little brother and loathed every minute of it, but now 20-something years later I’m eating my words. The Power Rangers reboot has a diverse cast from all over the world and how can you not love that?
The film released the first shots of the new suits today getting fans excited for the big screen remake. Long gone are the flimsy looking fabric getups – now the Rangers are rocking high-tech modern suits that Iron Man would approve of.
“The show was about kids coming of age, about metamorphosis,” director Dean Israelite says. “These suits needed to feel like they were catalyzed by these kids and their energy, their spirit.”
So who are these kids? Rebbeca Marie Gomez, better known as Becky G, who is of Mexican descent is playing Yellow Ranger Trini. Chinese-Canadian actor Ludi Lin is suiting up as Black Ranger Zack. Naomi Scott, of Indian-Ugandan descent, is taking on the role of Pink Ranger Kimberly, and black American actor RJ Cyler will be Blue Ranger Billy.
Australian actor Dacre Montgomery will play Red Ranger Jason and Elizabeth Banks will play the villain, Rita Repulsa.
“It’s the coolest costume ever,” Becky G says of her Yellow Ranger uniform. “I’m gonna wear it for Halloween for, like, five years.”
The original Power Rangers series caused controversy for casting a black actor as the Black Ranger and an Asian actor as the Yellow Ranger. Adding to the already controversial casting, actor Tommy Oliver had Native American roots and was given the role of Red Ranger, but It looks like the brand has learned from its mistakes in the 90s.
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