Oh teens! Always rebelling!
We don’t know the specifics yet, but we do know that director Dean Israelite and the other creators behind ‘Saban’s Power Rangers’ have drawn inspiration from various other teen movies– like ‘The Breakfast Club’ and ‘Chronicle’– to make a more grounded, sophisticated spin on the over-the-top kids series/toy commercial ‘Mighty Morphin Power Rangers’. As we’ve seen in previous clips, Jason Scott/the Red Ranger (Dacre Montgomery) was once the star quarterback for the Angel Grove Lions,until… *something* happened to dethrone him. (Apparently a hazing ritual of some sort gone wrong.) Meanwhile, something happens to “princess”-like Queen B, Kimberly Hart (Naomi Scott) making her “go bad” in a sense, which this being a movie, means she chops off her long flowing hair.
Also, expect these “teenagers with attitude” to have a bit more depth to their character than their color-coded wardrobes. In a clip from a scene from the upcoming movie, we see Kimberly and Jason bonding over a shared dislike of their small hometown. Blasphemy! Where would they be without Ernie’s Juice Bar?
One thing that differentiates this take on the ‘Power Rangers’ from the original series is that it appears that a romance is in the cards for these two. On the TV show, their relationship was strictly platonic and, of course, Kimberly ended up with Tommy Oliver… but it appears we’ll have to wait for the sequel to see that. (Provided this one does well enough to warrant another.)
Check out this clip from the movie below:
This pair will team with Zack Taylor (Ludi Lin) who becomes the Black Ranger, Billy Cranston (R.J. Cyler) the Blue Rangers and Trini Kwan (Becky G.) the Yellow Rangeras they take on Rita Repulsa (Elizabeth Banks) who MAY be the original Green Ranger. Guiding these fledgling heroes will be Zordon (Bryan Cranston) who may himself be the original Red Ranger and trusty robot Alpha-5 (Bill Hader).
Only a couple of weeks until we can go-go see how this modern spin compares to the original!
‘Saban’s Power Rangers’ materializes in theaters on March 24.