SPOILER WARNING: The following article contains major spoilers for “Power Rangers,” arriving in theaters March 24.
Fans of the original “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” series rejoice — Amy Jo Johnson and Jason David Frank make an appearance in Dean Israelite’s “Power Rangers,” the re-imagining of the popular franchise. In the original series, Johnson played Kimberly Hart, the Pink Ranger, while Frank played Tommy Oliver, the fan-favorite Green Ranger; in the reboot, the pair portray citizens of Angel Grove. Asked about the decision to include them, Israelite told CinemaBlend they seemed like a natural choice, as the mid-credits scene teases the introduction of Tommy, who is otherwise absent from the film.
Tommy is one of the most beloved and enduring members of the Power Rangers. Empowered by Rita Repulsa, he starts the series as a villain. Tommy fights the Power Rangers before becoming one of their allies and, eventually, their leader in later iterations of the series. Introducing Tommy in the mid-credits scene opens up the possibility that the next movie might adapt the “Green with Evil” storyline that first presented the character.
Johnson and Frank aren’t the only two actors from the original series appearing in Israelite’s “Power Rangers.” Bryan Cranston, who plays Zordon, was a voice actor for the original series, playing the villains Snizzard and Twin Man in the show’s first season.
“Power Rangers” is the universal reboot of the 1993 children’s superhero show “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” that originally aired on Fox. The show followed the exploits of five teens who were tasked with defending the Earth from evil by the alien sage Zordon. With the aid of their massive robots, called Zords, the rangers defended their hometown of Angel Grove, and the world, from the likes of Rita Repulsa, Lord Zedd and their minions.
Debuting in theaters on March 24, “Power Rangers” is a production of Temple Hill Entertainment directed by Dean Israelite and starring Dacre Montgomery, Naomi Scott, RJ Cyler, Becky G, Ludi Lin, Bill Hader, Bryan Cranston and Elizabeth Banks.
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