With 90s nostalgia at an all-time high, Lionsgate is expecting their Power Rangers reboot to be an early success when it opens in March of next year. But fans who were actually around back in the 90s, watching the show when it first aired, may be a little disappointed in this revamp of the popular kids show. Apparently, none of the original Power Rangers are returning in this next big screen adventure.
It sounds like there won't be any surprise cameos in the new Power Rangers at all. At least not where the old show is concerned. Sure, Bryan Cranston, who is starring as Zordon, does have a past history with the show. One of the original characters, Billy Cranston (aka the Blue Ranger) was named after the Breaking Bad actor following his stint doing various voice overs for the show, as well as other Saban projects. But he will apparently be the only connective tissue that bridges this movie with the past.
Actor Walter Jones, who played the original Black Ranger Zack, confirmed that he wouldn't be returning in any capacity for the new Power Rangers movie. And he went onto explain that none of the original cast had been contacted to return. Appearing on the Audibly Exquisite Podcast, Jones had this to say about returning to the world he once occupied.
"It's not likely. Unfortunately, we were not invited to be part of the film, which is confusing to me, but I'm excited about the film nevertheless."
It is surprising, as most reboots or long-anticipated sequels are quick to appease fans with a wink and nod to what has come in the past. It sounds like Saban is trying to remove itself from the original series with a movie that utilizes all the new technology at its disposal instead of wallowing around in nostalgia. While Walter Jones does sound a bit disappointed, he is being a good sport about his exclusion.
Power Rangers comes to theaters on March 24th, 2017. Earlier in the year, original cast member David Yost spoke out against the casting of Bryan Cranston as Zordon, calling the actor a homophobe after Cranston made some disparaging remarks about the Blue Ranger. At the time, it was clear that Yost, who actually played the character of Billy Cranston, named after the Malcolm in the Middle star, was taking a stance against this reboot. And original pink Ranger Amy Jo Johnson was quick to back up her old co-star. It sounds like there is some animosity brewing between the old cast and this new remake. But we're sure that won't do anything to diminish the reboot's prowess at the box office.