Last month, Lionsgate's Power Rangers had an interesting presence at Comic-Con, with the main cast members doing press for the movie in San Diego, and Lionsgate showcasing the helmets and power coins, although no footage was revealed. It still isn't known when we'll see the first trailer for this highly-anticipated action-adventure, hitting theaters March 24, 2017, but today we have new details from director Dean Israelite. The filmmaker, who made his directing debut with last year's Project Almanac, revealed that he had just has many questions about the property as the fans did when this project was announced.
While Lionsgate still hasn't released any official plot details yet, there have been plenty of rumors swirling around this project. Early rumors claimed that the story starts 65 million years ago, with the Power Rangers of that era battling Rita Repulsa, who was sent through a black hole, only to return in present day. Those details haven't been confirmed yet, but Empire spoke with director Dean Israelite, who discusses the new suits and how he tried to make this story more grounded.
"I grew up on it and I have all the same questions other people have. How are we going to update this? How will it exist in the contemporary superhero cinema canon? (I) tried to add naturalism and a grounded nature. [It is] character-driven. We've made the suits practically with Weta Workshop, with new cutting-edge tech."
The Power Rangers cast is made up of up and coming young actors such as Becky G as Yellow Ranger Trini, Ludi Lin as Black Ranger Zack, Dacre Montgomery as Red Ranger Jason, Naomi Scott as Pink Ranger Kimberly, and RJ Cyler as Blue Ranger Billy, all of whom will do battle with Elizabeth Banks' Rita Repulsa. This new update of the Power Rangers TV show 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. The cast also includes Bryan Cranston as the iconic Zordon, the Power Rangers' mentor, with Dean Israelite teasing that Bryan Cranston was quite skeptical about taking on his role before signing on.
"Like everybody, [Cranston] was skeptical, but he saw a bunch of footage and got excited for the potential. I think it'll be a thrill for fans to see what we're doing with Zordon."
Power Rangers will be going up against Warner Bros.' King Arthur and the Legend of the Sword when it hits theaters on March 24. Dean Israelite also recently confirmed that this reboot will bring back Alpha 5, Dinozords and the original theme song. In the original show, Alpha 5 was Zordon's robotic assistant, and the Dinozords were the dinosaur vehicles that the Power Rangers would use. We'll have to wait and see if Zordon, Alpha 5 or the Dinozords will be featured in the first trailer, so stay tuned for that.