The Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers. Now that I have your attention, we’ve got casting news for the big screen version of Power Rangers, which is coming to theaters in the Summer of 2017. You may have heard that Naomi Scott has already been cast as the Pink Ranger, clearly the key role if you’re putting together any Power Rangers team, but who will lead the Rangers, who will take up the mantle of the Red Ranger and fill the big white boots of such acting legends as Austin St. John and Jason Lee Scott? Well, you’ve never heard of him, but the new Red Ranger is Dacre Montgomery.
So who’s Dacre Montgomery? Ever seen 2010’s Family Tree TV movie or a 2010 short film Betrand the Terrible? Well, then never mind. Montgomery’s casting was announced via Twitter:
— Power Rangers (@PowerRangers) October 20, 2015
Courtesy of Collider, here is the character description for Jason, the Red Ranger:
17 years old, the makings of someone or something great if he would just get out of his own way. Jason was a legend of this town—a freshman quarterback with the skills to take him all the way. People knew his name. Children wore his jersey. Until, one night Jason wrapped his car around a pole and busted out his knee. Everything Jason was going to become ended in an instant. And with it, he lost himself. When we meet him at the start of the film, he’s a kid in need of redemption. By the end, he’ll be leading this disparate group of teens to shed their individual baggage and find who they truly are.
Whoa. Redemption story for Red Ranger? I take it was drunk when he “wrapped his car around a poll,” and if parents had a problem with kids emulating the martial arts in Power Rangers, how are they supposed to feel about drunk driving?
All those questions and more will be answered when Power Rangers hits the big screen January 13, 2017. Shooting on the film is expected to begin this January under the direction of Dean Israelite (Project Almanac), from a script by Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz (X:Men: First Class).