If you grew up in the 1990s or 2000s — or had kids or grandkids that did — then you may have heard of the Power Rangers. Chances are you may have seen one of the many iterations of the show, from the original Mighty Morphin Power Rangers to the most current version, Power Rangers: Dino Charge.The original, the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, even spawned a box office film that was met with criticism.
Even so, Saban, the company behind the alien-battling teenagers, is moving forward with a reboot movie of the original that started it all. While it won’t be on the same level as the fan-film we saw, the movie looks to bring back the original five characters, though, not the same actors who played the original five we’d expect. The film, put together by Lions Gate Films and Saban Entertainment just got its first character descriptions. Here’s what we know:
Jason – 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.
Kimberly – 17 years old, 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.
Trini – 17 years old, mysterious and extremely bright. Her parents constantly move for work, making Trini the perpetual new girl to any school. A loner who owns it, Trini is self-sufficient, contemplative, but always observant. All she wants is to find her gang of friends, but she’ll never admit it – least of all to herself.
Billy – 17 years old, slight and awkward. Billy is challenged in his abilities to communicate and interact socially. Whip-smart and sweet, but always odd. Sometimes in a fun way, sometimes not, Billy is a kid with no filter. Showing his emotions, understanding sarcasm, and dealing with his OCD is a constant challenge. Has never really had any friends and instantly gravitates towards Jason.
Zack – 17 years old, always the life of the party. Filled with bravado and swagger, Zack’s tough and cool on the exterior. A charming guy who’s never had trouble with the one-liner, nor lacked confidence around women. A great athlete that’s never wanted to play on any team but his own. Zack advertises everything about himself, except the truth, which is that he lives in a trailer park with his single mom, and because of it, feels deeply inferior to all his peers.
So from what it looks like, the original five happy-go-luck kids will all come with a bit of a past. That’s all we know at the moment though and we’ll certainly keep you up-to-date when we know more. The movie is set to release on Jan 13, 2017.