One of the highlights of our San Diego Comic-Con coverage has to be the early access to the young, up-and-coming Power Rangers cast, who are poised to break out in a big way once the film hits theaters next year. Fans of the franchise can get their first look at the title characters (or at least the actors playing them) and the camaraderie that’s clearly present among them. If this video interview with our own Perri Nemiroff is any indication, the cast will certainly be bringing a lot of individual personality to each of their characters.
During the interview, the enthusiastic cast talked about their wildly different auditions, the tone of the movie, the modern take on the original series’ look and action, and how their fighting style will reflect their different characters. They also emphasize the emotional journey that each of them will take, which is to be expected considering that a bunch of high school kids are suddenly given super powers and tasked with saving the world!
Starring Bryan Cranston as Zordon and Elizabeth Banks as Rita Repulsa, the Power Rangers cast interview below features Naomi Scott (Kimberly, the Pink Ranger), RJ Cyler (Billy, the Blue Ranger), Dacre Montgomery (Jason, the Red Ranger), Ludi Lin (Zack, the Black Ranger), and Becky G (Trini, the Yellow Ranger). Power Rangers opens on March 24, 2017.
Check out the video interview with the cast from Comic-Con at the top of this article.
- 0:30 – So how do you pronounce Dacre Montgomery’s name? He clarifies it.
- 1:25 – Ludi Lin talks about his overseas audition.
- 2:35 – Becky G recorded her audition on a self-tape while on tour.
- 4: 25 – R.J. Cyler was busy filming War Machine when he had to squeeze in a self-tape audition recording.
- 6:05 – Naomi Scott wasn’t working at the time, so she had a chance to check out the script and actually first auditioned for the Yellow Power Ranger.
- 7:40 – Scott also talks about the tone of the movie and clarifies Bryan Cranston’s comparison to The Dark Knight.
8:20 – Montgomery reveals he’d been in pursuit of the part for a long time and talks about his meeting with Dean Israelite, where his mom was alongside him.
- 10:35 – Cyler reveals that each of the Rangers has their own signature fighting style that reflects their individual characters. They each talk about meeting their stunt doubles, training to fight, and how the style differs from the original TV series.
- 14:55 – The cast talks about early looks at the film during playback and a sizzle reel.
- 15:50 – They talk about the emotional arc of the film, which centers on the self-discovery of high school kids who are also struggling with this other-worldly challenge.
- 16:55 – The cast confirms that there is, in fact, a morphing scene. Montgomery teases that there will be a certain signature phrase said by his Red Ranger.
For more on Power Rangers, be sure to check out our most recent coverage below:
- ‘Power Rangers’: Go Face-to-Face with the Title Heroes in a New Costume Image
- ‘Power Rangers’: Elizabeth Banks Takes on Becky G in a New Image
- ‘Power Rangers’ Character Posters Reveal the New Lineup
- Bryan Cranston on ‘The Infiltrator’, ‘Power Rangers’, James Franco’s ‘The Masterpiece’, and Wes Anderson
- Bryan Cranston Compares ‘Power Rangers’ Tone to That of ‘The Dark Knight’