The Power Rangers movie has a director, a team of writers, its five teenagers with attitude, and a villain. So what the heck is this movie about? While Collider revealed some exclusive plot details on what to expect last year, Lionsgate announced the start of production and with it the first official synopsis.
Fans of the original series will be pleased to hear of classic character names. Directed by Dean Israelite (Project Almanac), Power Rangers stars Dacre Montgomery (A Few Less Men) as Jason, the Red Ranger; RJ Cyler (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl) as Billy, the Blue Ranger; Naomi Scott (The 33) as Kimberly, the Pink Ranger; singer Becky G as Trini, the Yellow Ranger; and Ludi Lin (Monster Hunt) as Zack, the Black Ranger. Elizabeth Banks has also been confirmed to play Rita Repulsa, but what will her master plan entail?
Here’s the synopsis from Lionsgate:
Saban’s Power Rangers follows five ordinary high school kids who must become something extraordinary when they learn that their small town of Angel Grove – and the world – is on the verge of being obliterated by an alien threat. Chosen by destiny, our heroes quickly discover that they are the only ones who can save the planet. But to do so they will have to overcome their real-life issues and band together as the Power Rangers before it is too late.
Then there’s the actual script, which has been worked over by six writers: John Gatins (Kong: Skull Island), Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama (Dracula Untold), Zack Stentz and Ashley Miller (X-Men: First Class), and Max Landis (Chronicle). It’s basically the village bicycle — everyone’s had a go. Last year, we learned that the film would take inspiration from the Dino Charge iteration of the series with Scorpina also involved. Although, that was from Stentz and Miller’s script, which could have easily been revamped in the time since, given all those involved.
The cast are currently filming Power Rangers in Vancouver ahead of its scheduled release on March 24, 2017.