If you grew up in the 1990s, then it’s likely you grew up with some kind of sentimental attachment to Power Rangers. The show was the perfect mix of pulpy, cheesy storylines with more than enough action packed into each episode to lure in every little kid’s eyes and attention every weekend morning. It was hard not to see one of your friends and shout “It’s morphin’ time!” on the playground before going to fight pretend monsters. Or at least that’s what it was like for me.
Now, it’s hard to find a lot of kids who do watch Power Rangers at all, so when it was announced that Lionsgate and Saban would working together to create a feature film adaptation of the property – I don’t think anyone really knew how to react. Mainly because, we don’t really have any idea what it’s going to be like. Will it fall more on the side of the of original 90s TV shows, or the bad ass short film from earlier this year?
It looks like we might have at least somewhat of a more precise idea of what this Power Rangers project is shaping up to be like now though. Collider has reported new details from the film recently, including the names and descriptions of our lead group of Rangers. Check out the details below:
- Jason – 17 years old, the makings of someone or something great if he would just get out of his own way. Jason was a legend of this town—a freshman quarterback with the skills to take him all the way. People knew his name. Children wore his jersey. Until, one night Jason wrapped his car around a pole and busted out his knee. Everything Jason was going to become ended in an instant. And with it, he lost himself. When we meet him at the start of the film, he’s a kid in need of redemption. By the end, he’ll be leading this disparate group of teens to shed their individual baggage and find who they truly are.
- Kimberly – 17 years old, unconventionally cool all in a way the popular girls wish they were. In fact, she was one of those girls, but isn’t anymore. Not since she’s returned to school after an absence of 6 months. Rumors are flying as to why; rumors she seems not to care about, because she’s come back with this new rebel-without-a-cause, edgy attitude. But the truth is, it’s all masking a deep secret that makes her feel profoundly vulnerable.
- 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.
- Billy – 17 years old, slight and awkward. Billy is challenged in his abilities to communicate and interact socially. Whip-smart and sweet, but always odd. Sometimes in a fun way, sometimes not, Billy is a kid with no filter. Showing his emotions, understanding sarcasm, and dealing with his OCD is a constant challenge. Has never really had any friends and instantly gravitates towards Jason.
- Zack – 17 years old, always the life of the party. Filled with bravado and swagger, Zack’s tough and cool on the exterior. A charming guy who’s never had trouble with the one-liner, nor lacked confidence around women. A great athlete that’s never wanted to play on any team but his own. Zack advertises everything about himself, except the truth, which is that he lives in a trailer park with his single mom, and because of it, feels deeply inferior to all his peers.
Now, there’s no telling for sure that all of these details are 100% accurate, but if they are, then it definitely seems like the screenwriters have been working hard to provide these characters from the original series with a lot more dimension than they started out with. Whether or not these emotionally troubled kids will be able to transition into spandex-wearing ninjas smoothly will have to wait to be seen though.
However, for a movie that has a lot going against it – this isn’t a bad place to start. It looks like the studios are actually putting a lot more effort into this project than I think people have given them credit for. Who knows, maybe a Power Rangers film could work after all?
Power Rangers is set to hit theaters on January 13th, 2017!
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