The “Power Rangers” film has found its Pink Ranger in “The Martian” star Naomi Scott, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The 1993 television series “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” followed teenagers Jason, Kimberly, Trini, Billy and Zack, who were chosen by the ancient being Zordon to defend Earth from attack against the forces of Rita Repulsa. Scott will likely play Kimberly, the original Pink Ranger. She was rumored to be in the running for the character in a report released this past weekend.
Based on the alleged character descriptions for the upcoming film, Kimberly is “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.”
This description differs somewhat from the television series’ version of Kimberly — an over-achiever and popular gymnast. In the show, most of the members of the group were part of the popular, cool crowd — with Jason and Kimberly arguably at the front and poor Billy the oft-picked on nerd in the back. This new version plays up the “teens with attitude” aspect of the characters referenced in the show’s opening sequence by making her clearly more “edgy.” Another change comes from the note of Kimberly’s vulnerability. In the series, this came from her own personal fears and perfectionist attitude, the need to be the best often driving her own self-doubt. The new version changes that somewhat, giving her some sort of dark secret. From the description alone, it definitely feels more in line with many of today’s YA characters.
Scott’s past credits also include “Terra Nova.” Her casting in “Power Rangers” was officially revealed on the movie’s official Instagram feed.
Directed by Dean Israelite, “Power Rangers” morphs into theaters Jan. 13, 2017.
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