The ‘Power Rangers’ can now form Megazord as their number is complete.  The final hero in the new movie will be teen pop star Becky G. (née Gomez) who plays the Yellow Ranger, whose real name will reportedly be Teyana Jones.  Like the original Yellow Ranger, Trini played by Thuy Trang, she will possess the power of the Sabretooth Tiger.  Trini also wielded the Power Daggers and presumably so will Teyana.

The announcement came via the movie’s Instagram account:

This is the description of Trini back when the film was first developing.  It’s uncertain if this is null and void now or if the description still holds for Teyana:

Trini – 17 years old, mysterious and extremely bright. Her parents constantly move for work, making Trini the perpetual new girl to any school. A loner who owns it, Trini is self-sufficient, contemplative, but always observant. All she wants is to find her gang of friends, but she’ll never admit it – least of all to herself.

Becky G. gained notice after posting videos on Youtube of her singing covers of popular songs.  Her first big break was the single ‘Trouble (The Monster Remix)’ from the soundtrack of ‘Hotel Transylvania’.  She has had a string of singles, the biggest of which was last year’s ‘Shower’ which hit #16 on the US Billboard Charts.  Becky, who is of Mexican decent, recently released a song called ‘We Are Mexico’ in response to Donald Trump’s anti-immigrant statements.  She has collaborated with big stars such as Pitbull, Kesha, Wiz Khalifa, Juicy J, and Cody Simpson.  She has also acted, most recently on ‘Empire’ and has her solo debut album due in the near future.

Thuy Trang portrayed Trini the original Yellow Ranger.

Becky joins Naomi Scott as Priya Patel the Pink Ranger, Dacre Montgomery as Callum Oliver the Red Ranger, Ludi Lin as Oscar Fernandez the Black Ranger, and RJ Cyler as Brian Olson the Blue Ranger.

(As I noted when their names were released, Ludi Lin is Chinese, yet his character’s name sounds Hispanic, while Gomez is Mexican, but her character’s last name is Jones.  It’s possible their names will be changed before shooting begins.)

The big screen film, ‘Saban’s Power Rangers’ will be directed by Dean Israelite with a script by Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz, currently being tweaked by ‘PR’ mastermind Haim Saban and his production partner Shuki Levy.  The $30 million adaptation is due in theaters on January 13, 2017.

The film was supposedly going to be an update of the first season of the long-running franchise with a darker, more modern sensibility but that does not appear to be the case.  Now it looks like the characters from the current TV series, ‘Dino Charge’ will appear at the beginning of the movie to pass the torch to the new cast who appear to be going back to basics and assuming the guises, powers and Zords of the originals.

Now that the team is complete– and even more multicultural than the first batch– what do you think of the new Power Rangers?  They’re certainly attractive.  But most are new faces, so it’s hard to judge their talent.

What are your hopes for a new big screen take on the ‘Power Rangers’?

Source: Comic Book Movie