If you’re part of a certain generation, the Mighty Morphing Power Rangers was a big part of your youth. Those folks were everywhere. Saban and Lionsgate are banking on that nostalgia for their upcoming Power Rangers reboot, and the production has just taken a big step, casting a key member of the team. We now know who will play the Pink Ranger.
The announcement that Naomi Scott will don the iconic pink spandex suit, or at least whatever modern iteration of that the production comes up with, arrived via the official Power Rangers Twitter account. If you’re not familiar with Scott as a performer, you’re not alone. While she isn’t entirely new to the business, the 22-year-old, British-born actress has a relatively short resume, and of those, many of them are smaller parts.
To date, her largest roles have been in Life Bites, a British adaptation of a Disney Channel Italy series, and on the short-lived sci-fi adventure Terra Nova. She does have roles in a couple of prominent movies this year, however, including Ridley Scott’s The Martian. In the space epic, she plays a character named Ryoko, who, if we’re being honest, I don’t specifically remember. Naomi Scott will also appear in the Chilean miner drama The 33 when that opens in November. Just from where her name falls in the credits, she could have at least a moderately sized role, but we’ll have to wait and see. Either way, Power Rangers will be her biggest part to date by far.
Scott landing the role of the Pink Ranger, who is known by the name Kimberly when she’s not battling the Zords or Rita Repulsa, isn’t a huge shock. She was one of eight names recently bandied about that were said to be in contention for roles in Power Rangers. Stephanie Scott of Insidious 3 and the upcoming Jem and the Holograms was also said to be in the mix.
According to the character descriptions that came out a while back, Kimberly is 17, and while she used to be popular, she decided that wasn’t for her and she wanted to do her own thing. She apparently returns to school after a six-month absence with a bristly new attitude and is the subject of many rumors. All of her external prickliness, however, masks a deep secret and a vulnerability that we’ll surely learn about.
Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz, the duo behind X-Men: First Class and many others, wrote the Power Rangers script, and Dean Israelite, who helmed the teen-centric found footage time travel adventure Project Almanac, will direct. This is said to be a reimagining of the story fans know, and follows a group of teens recruited by an alien force and given powers in order to defend Earth against hostile invaders.
Power Rangers has been delayed and pushed back a number of times, but it is currently scheduled to hit theaters on January 13, 2017.