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Those of you who were kids in the 1990s, and well beyond actually, are shaping up to get a big-budget blast of cinematic nostalgia in the form of the upcoming Power Rangers reboot. We’ve gotten casting news—primarily unknown actors—and heard some character descriptions, but, as production has started, we we have an official plot synopsis. There aren’t a lot of specifics, and if you’re familiar with the Power Rangers, you already have a good idea of what’s in store, but it is a sign of things to come.
Though this is pretty much what you expected to hear from a Power Rangers reboot, it should also be heartening for fans to know that Lionsgate appears to be sticking pretty close to the source material. Sure, this is going to have a bigger budget and way more sophisticated special effects, but story wise, at least, fans will see something rather familiar. Check out the synopsis for yourself:
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.
See, that sounds, well, it definitely sounds like a Power Rangers movie. Outside of this, however, we do know a few other tidbits. For instance, the big bad will also be a familiar face to those who grew up watching the spandex clad teens battle evil forces. While the core cast is made up of relatively unknown actors, Elizabeth Banks will take a break from piloting the Pitch Perfect franchise to menace Angel Grove as the nefarious Rita Repulsa, which sounds like it will be a hoot.
As for the main cast, the Power Rangers themselves, Naomi Scott plays Kimberly Hart/The Pink Ranger, who was once a popular girl at school, but, after an extended absence, has decide to follow her own path. Becky G. plays Trini Kwan/The Yellow Ranger—her parents move a lot for work, making her the perpetual new kid and outsider. R.J. Cyler plays Billy Cranston/The Blue Ranger, who is super nerdy and struggles with OCD and has no clue how to interact with other humans, you know, a typical movie nerd. Ludi Lin is Zack Taylor/The Black Ranger, a charming smart-ass and super jock who also harbors deep seeded insecurities. Then there’s Dacre Montgomery, who plays Jason Lee Scott/The Red Ranger. He was once the big man on campus, the star quarterback, but after a car accident cuts his athletic career prematurely short, he struggles to find his place in the world, but you can bet his leadership skills will come in handy when evil alien forces descend on his small town.
Director Dean Israelite (Project Almanac) called the script a "mature but still playful" take on the source material. Gods of Egypt Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless took on the first draft, while X-Men: First Class scribes Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz whipped it into shape. Production on Power Rangers just started in Vancouver, BC, Canada, and it is scheduled to hit theaters just over a year from now on March 24, 2017.