Lionsgate’s adaptation of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers hits theaters January 2017, but up until now we didn’t know much about the film. The last major development for the film was that Project Almanac director Dean Israelite was signed on to direct the film. But with no cast or list of characters, fans weren’t sure if this was going to be another installment to the long running TV franchise or if this would be a major reboot.
Now the character descriptions of the new Power Rangers have been revealed, giving us a slight idea of what we are going to get. Check them out below.
Fans who are old enough to recognize all of the names will hopefully appreciate the lineup. According to an exclusive report from Collider, the team will be made up of Jason, Zack, Billy, Trini, and Kimberly. For those that don’t know, these characters were the first to become the Power Rangers – well at least here in the US. While the original characters had the basic character tropes – the natural-born leader, the cool guy, the geek, the calm and collected person, and the popular pretty one – the film will expand on the characters’ background, and have more fleshed out personalities.
Here’s the full character descriptions:
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.
Though the character names and Power Ranger colors changed throughout each season, one thing that stayed the same are the character tones. However, as the site explains, at the time kids weren’t as concerned with any of the character’s backgrounds and would rather see Power Rangers fight the latest monster of the day or jump into their zords to fight a giant version of the monster of the day. But now that these characters have more of a personality, strengths, and flaws; they are more likable and relatable.
No word yet on who Israelite or the studio may be looking at to fill these roles.
Power Rangers is due in theaters January 13, 2017.