Pop star Becky G cast as Power Ranger in new film
The 18-year-old YouTube sensation-turned-recording-artist is becoming a superhero.
She raps, she dances, she sings, she acts. Becky Gomez can now add one more skill to her resume: She's a superhero.
Gomez has just been cast as the Yellow Ranger in the upcoming "Power Rangers" film, a reboot of the popular action series from the 1990s. For kids growing up in that era, the Power Rangers became a phenomenon – spawning books, toys, bed sheets, Halloween costumes and more. The series was created by Israeli TV executives Haim Saban and Shuki Levy, whose golden touch also graced classic children's shows like "Inspector Gadget" and "He-Man." The duo has also signed on to help co-write the upcoming movie, which will begin filming shortly.
Gomez is the fifth and final Ranger cast, and it seems like the studio was saving the best for last. While the producers have said they mostly want to fill the cast with virtual unknowns, they decided to go for a relatively big-name to fill the spot of the Yellow Ranger.
So who is Becky Gomez?
With a modest upbringing in California (at one point she lived in her grandparents' garage), Gomez was looking for a way to help out her family. In 2011, she started singing cover songs and uploaded them to YouTube, hoping that someone might notice her talents. She didn't have to wait long.
Her videos became instant hits and she became a viral sensation practically overnight. She went on to make a name for herself in the music industry, working on songs for both the "Hotel Transylvania" and "Smurfs 2" soundtracks. She's worked with iconic music producer Will.i.am.
In 2013, she became the teen face of CoverGirl. She now has a recurring role on FOX's popular "Empire" show about the music business. The Los Angeles times called her a "one-woman entertainment juggernaut,” and compared her to a young Jennifer Lopez.
Gomez now has 1.75 million followers on Twitter. But her most loyal fans still catch her on YouTube, where her videos have racked up tens of millions of views. Her song "Can't Stop Dancing," for example, has been viewed nearly 70 million times.
OK, we agree: 70 million views sure sounds like a lot. If we had 70 million of anything, we'd probably be happy. But it turns out that "Can't Stop Dancing" is not even her most popular tune. That honor would go to her 2014 song "Shower," which, as of this writing, has more than 192 million views so far. That's more people than watched this year's Super Bowl and Academy Awards – combined.
Things continue to look up for Gomez. The same day that she was cast as the Yellow Ranger, the 18-year-old rising star released her new single "You Love It." It's already been streamed more than a half million times on YouTube.
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