'Power Ranger' Actor Amy Jo Johnson to Direct Debut Feature
Michael Ironside, Julian Richings and Michael Cram topline 'The Space Between,' an indie comedy to shoot next month in Canada.
Amy Jo Johnson, who played the original pink Power Ranger Kimberly Hart in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and in two subsequent feature films, is to direct her debut feature in Canada.
The American actress, who moved to Canada to play Jules Callaghan in the Canadian cop drama Flashpoint, wrote and will direct and co-star in The Space Between, to shoot in Guelph, Ontario, in July. The theatrical comedy also stars fellow Flashpoint star Michael Cram, who plays a proud new father who discovers his adored baby isn't his child; Michael Ironside, as the father of Johnson's character, Amelia; and Julian Richings with a cameo role as Stash.
The ensemble cast includes Sonya Salomaa (The Killing), Maria Ricossa, David Paetkau and Kristian Bruun. Besides her role in Flashpoint, Johnson has played Julie Emerick on Felicity and Hayley Price in Covert Affairs, as well as acted in The Division and Wildfire.
The Space Between was developed by Johnson and producer Jessica Adams through Norman Jewson's Canadian Film Center; it has Indiegogo crowdfunding and additional coin from Telefilm Canada's microbudget production program. Johnson's debut feature is one of 15 local indie projects to receive low-budget funding from Telefilm Canada, the federal government's film financier.
Other micro-budget films to receive Telefilm backing include Greyson Moore's Cardinal, Marshall Axani's The Hanging Tree and Kirsten Carthew's The Sun at Midnight. For The Space Between, Johnson last year put on her iconic pink Power Rangers suit and busked in downtown Toronto after she surpassed her $75,000 Indiegogo fundraising goal.
"I'm not very squeamish. It was a lot of fun," she told the Hollywood Reporter about her mini-concert; Johnson's friend David Yost, who was Blue Ranger on Power Rangers, came up with the idea. The 1990s kids series was initially called The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and used footage from a Japanese children’s show.
The popular series first aired on Fox Kids, then in the 2000s on Disney-owned channels. Lionsgate plans a Mighty Morphin Power Rangers reboot to hit theaters July 22, 2016.
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