They may not be "Mighty Morphin'" anymore, but the Power Rangers are back, and headed to the big screen in 2017. Here's your first look at the cast in their civilian clothes.
While the cast are playing the same characters as the original American version of Power Rangers, they won't necessarily have the same color assignments.
“From the very beginning, diversity was a very important part of the whole process,” director Dean Isrealite told Entertainment Weekly. “We switched all of the races around, but we made sure that the essence of each of those characters are who they were in the original show, and this really will be an origin story of those characters.”
Though we won't see the Rangers' new uniforms just yet, they'll be produced by Weta Workshop, who created many of the costumes for Lord of the Rings.
“We’ve really pushed ourselves to make them feel different from any other superhero costume that’s out there,” Israelite said. “One key that’s different to the Power Rangers suits is that they’re not really suits that people get into. They’re suits that morph onto our kids, so they already have this almost metaphysical quality to them.”
Most of the teenage stars of Power Rangers are relatively unknown, but the film does have some star power in the form of Elizabeth Banks, who plays the character of Rita Repulsa.
“It’s very exciting that we got [Banks], and I think what she loves is the opportunity to really embrace the insanity and deliciousness of Rita Repulsa in terms of how weird and wonderful that character was, and really dive into and consume that character,” Israelite explained. “You should always be off-balance when you’re watching her. Is she insane? Is she totally calculated? Does she know what she’s doing? Elizabeth can toe that line really well.”
Power Rangers is scheduled to open in theaters March 24, 2017.