The Pink Ranger in upcoming Power Rangers movie has been unmasked
Actress Naomi Scott takes role of the beloved heroine in the big-screen version of the popular '90s 'Mighty Morphin Power Rangers' series.
It's the news that had the majority of 1990s kids abuzz with excitement: Everyone's favorite high-school superheroes are strapping on their spandex for a 2017 reboot film based on the classic "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers" TV series. The film is slated to start shooting in January, with the series' original creators, Israelis Haim Saban and Shuk Levy, producing. And the news keeps coming, with the latest announcement that the film has just cast its first Ranger: the bound-to-be-pretty-in-pink Naomi Scott.
The British-born Scott, who appeared in the blockbuster film "The Martian" with Matt Damon, has accepted the role of Kimberly Hart, the witty, kind-hearted heroine imbued with crime-fighting ninja powers. The 22-year-old actress is well-known in her home country for co-starring in the science-fiction drama series "Terra Nova." She will also appear with Spanish actor Antonio Banderas in this fall's "The 33," about the trapped Chilean miners.
The "Power Rangers" franchise has been a pop-culture phenomenon since 1993, when the original "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers" series first aired on the FOX Kids network. After 1996, the series frequently rebooted with new subtitles, cast members, characters and vehicles. The 2017 movie will be the first theatrical release in the franchise in 20 years. It follows "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie” which was released in 1995 and “Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie” in 1997.
Movie news sites are reporting that Scott's character will be "reimagined" and therefore a departure from the original version of the Pink Ranger, played by American actress Amy Jo Johnson. It's too soon to tell just how much of a departure it will be. But there's no doubt that fans are eager to see what the film's producers put the feisty Pink Ranger through.
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