11:27am PT by Graeme McMillan
'Power Rangers' Character Posters Answer Big Question About the Reboot
Say hello to the next generation of Power Rangers.
A series of new promotional images for next year's big-screen Power Rangers reboot has been released on social media, showing the faces behind the masks — and confirming that the Rangers of the movie will be the same characters as the original team from the beloved 1990s TV series.
Across five tweets, each showing the actor's face with the Rangers' lightning bolt logo projected onto it, the alter egos of the Rangers were confirmed as Zack, Trini, Jason, Kimberly and Billy — the same lineup of characters that debuted in 1993's Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers.
In the larger mythology of the franchise, all five went on to be replaced on the team for a variety of reasons — Kimberly chose a gymnastics career over saving the world on a regular basis, while Jason, Trini and Zack became international peace ambassadors, proving that being a Ranger is apparently good experience for any job — but returned for guest appearances in later series alongside their replacements.
The new incarnations of the Rangers are played by a group of relative newcomers — RJ Cyler, Becky G., Ludi Lin, Naomi Scott and Dacre Montgomery — while the movie also features Elizabeth Banks as the villainous Rita Repulsa and Bryan Cranston (who voiced characters in the original series) as galactic sage Zordon.
Power Rangers, directed by Dean Israelite, is set for a March 24, 2017, release.