While Lionsgate has largely kept quiet about its plans to revive popular kids franchise Mighty Morphin Power Rangers as a superhero tentpoll film, word on the creative choices continues to slip out. After a purported set of character descriptions hit the web in August, the Hollywood trades are now circulating actors in contention for the heroes who were amongst the original Fox TV version of the Power Rangers in the ’90s. This week, first Variety and then The Wrap reporter Jeff Sneider released lists of young stars reportedly being invited to play parts in the film. And when those two stories are combined, fans can get a pretty good idea of the kind of actor the studio hopes to cast when it comes to morphin time.
For the part of team leader and Red Ranger Jason, current Disney Descendents star Mitchell Hope, Shortland Street’s K.J. Apa and recent Arrow guest star Austin Butler are all in the running.
Meanwhile, iconic Pink Ranger Kim possibilities include Terra Nova’s Naomi Scott, Carrie Diaries alum AnnaSophia Robb and former Disney TV actor Stephanie Scott.
But perhaps the biggest potential shakeup stands for previously African American Black Ranger Zack whose shortlist includes It Follows actor Daniel Zovatto, Chasing Life’s Ross Butler and actor/rapper Brian “Sene” Marc.
For the Yellow and Blue Rangers, the studio is reportedly looking to cast unknowns while also searching for a major name to play the film’s villain. Directed by Dean Israelite, “Power Rangers” morphs into theaters Jan. 13, 2017.
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