New ‘Power Rangers’ Movie Reveals Official and Totally Familiar Synopsis
Whether you were a true blue fan or had even the most casual understanding of the Power Rangers series, then the official synopsis for the new movie will sound incredibly familiar to you. Not only will the upcoming reboot maintain the classic character names and designations from original series, but the basic plot is also mostly the same. Oh, but there’s one more thing: Apparently this film isn’t simply titled Power Rangers; it’s Saban’s Power Rangers. Check yourself accordingly.
Lionsgate sent out a press release with the official synopsis and full cast lineup for the Power Rangers movie — though the release formally refers to the film as Saban’s Power Rangers, honoring franchise producer, creator and really, really ridiculously wealthy person Haim Saban. It should also prevent fans from confusing this film with Martha’s Power Rangers or Trump’s Power Rangers, or whatever.
The official synopsis reads as follows:
Saban’s Power Rangersfollows 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.
That’s pretty basic, and keeps the setting in the fictional town of Angel Grove, though that whole “overcome their real-life issues” thing sounds like we might be in for at least an hour or more of these kids bickering before they learn how to work together in their giant dinosaur robot superhero machines.
As previously announced, the cast includes RJ Cyler (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl) as Billy the Blue Ranger, newcomer Dacre Montgomery as Jason the Red Ranger, Naomi Scott (The Martian) as Kimberly the Pink Ranger, Ludi Lin (Monster Hunt) as Zack the Black Ranger and Becky G (Empire) as Trini the Yellow Ranger. The biggest casting is, of course, Elizabeth Banks as classic villain Rita Repulsa. So that should be…fun…sure.
There have been several writers involved in the script for Power Rangers, including Max Landis and John Gatins (Kong: Skull Island), with Zack Stentz and Ashley Miller (X-Men: First Class) providing the most recent draft. Dean Israelite (Project Almanac) is directing the film, which hits theaters on March 24, 2017.