RJ Cyler will play the Blue Ranger in the upcoming Power Rangers movie
A fourth Power Ranger has today joined the cast of Lionsgate‘s upcoming feature film. RJ Cyler — best known for playing the title role of Earl in director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s recent dramedy Me and Earl and the Dying Girl — will play the Blue Ranger. RJ Cyler joins a cast that also includes Naomi Scott (The Martian, “Terra Nova”) as the Pink Ranger, Dacre Montgomery as the Red Ranger and Ludi Lin as the Black Ranger. RJ Cyler’s casting was confirmed though the film’s official Instagram page. You can find an embed of the announcement below.
Screenwriters Zack Stentz and Ashley Miller (X-Men: First Class, Thor) wrote the screenplay for Power Rangers, which is described as a modern reinvention of the long-running franchise. In it, a group of ordinary high school kids find themselves infused with extraterrestrial powers and must harness those powers as a team to save the world. Original creator Haim Saban is acting as producer along with Brian Casentini and Allison Shearmur.
Saban’s “Power Rangers” franchise is the brainchild of Haim Saban, creator and producer of the original “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” hit series that launched in 1993. Following its introduction, “Power Rangers” quickly became the most-watched children’s television program in the United States and remains one of the top-rated and longest running boys live-action series in television history. The series follows the adventures of a group of ordinary teens who “morph” into superheroes and save the world from evil. It is seen in more than 150 markets around the world, translated into numerous languages and is a mainstay in the most prominent international children’s programming blocks.
20th Century Fox previously released two feature films, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie in 1995 and Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie in 1997.
Set to be directed by Project Almanac‘s Dean Israelite, Power Rangers will debut in theaters on January 13, 2017.
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