Lionsgate has released two new clips for the upcoming Dean Israelite-directed “Power Rangers” film, focusing on the new cast of rangers out of their iconic, monochromatic suits, emphasizing personal interactions and a sense of discovery.
The first clip shows the rangers in a large pool of water inside a cave. Each member of the cast remarks that they are glowing a different color before the group finds a mysterious barrier at the bottom of the pool. The group swims down to the barrier and get a gravity-defying surprise as a result.
The second clip shows the Red Ranger, Jason Lee Scott (Dacre Montgomery), and Pink Ranger, Kimberly Hart (Naomi Scott), looking down on their hometown, Angel Grove, from the side of a cliff. The two talk about their respective struggles in the town before one of them makes a surprising proposition.
“Power Rangers” is a universal reboot of the superhero children’s television series “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers,” which aired on the Fox television network from 1993 to 1995. The show followed the exploits of a small band of teens who were transformed into superheroes by an alien sage, Zordon, to combat a newly awakened alien sorceress, Rita Repulsa.
The show was adapted from the Japanese series “Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger,” part of television production company Toei’s long running “Super Sentai” franchise. Toei’s “Super Sentai” series typically pits small task forces of heroes against large bands of extraterrestrial or demonic foes. The series has been running in Japan without interruption since 1975 and has seen numerous theatrical and direct-to-video releases throughout the years.
The plot of Fox’s “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” shares little in common with that of its Japanese source material. Much of the first and second season of “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” was derived from “Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger” stock footage purchased by television producer Haim Saban. While the fight scenes and monster transformations were largely taken from “Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger,” the scenes featuring the rangers out their suits were filmed with American actors, resulting in wildly different plots points and motivations.
Debuting in theaters March 24, “Power Rangers” is a production of Lionsgate 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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