Posted on Tuesday, August 11th, 2015 by Ethan Anderton
Back at the end of June, details surfaced on how the new Power Rangers movie from Lionsgate reboots the popular action adventure franchise while still having some ties to the original iteration of the series, mostly in character names and roles for heroes and villains.
Now we have some more details on the five teenagers who suit up as the new Power Rangers in the form of short character descriptions that provide some backstory and key details that will influence how each of them interact with each other and their place in the overall story. The Power Rangers character descriptions definitely offer some insight into what we can expect from the new team.
Here’s each of the characters broken down (via Collider), with images of their original version from the first iteration of Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers from the 90s:
Jason – 17 years old, the makings of someone or something great if he would just get out of his own way. Jason was a legend of this town—a freshman quarterback with the skills to take him all the way. People knew his name. Children wore his jersey. Until, one night Jason wrapped his car around a pole and busted out his knee. Everything Jason was going to become ended in an instant. And with it, he lost himself. When we meet him at the start of the film, he’s a kid in need of redemption. By the end, he’ll be leading this disparate group of teens to shed their individual baggage and find who they truly are.
Kimberly – 17 years old, unconventionally cool all in a way the popular girls wish they were. In fact, she was one of those girls, but isn’t anymore. Not since she’s returned to school after an absence of 6 months. Rumors are flying as to why; rumors she seems not to care about, because she’s come back with this new rebel-without-a-cause, edgy attitude. But the truth is, it’s all masking a deep secret that makes her feel profoundly vulnerable.
Trini – 17 years old, mysterious and extremely bright. Her parents constantly move for work, making Trini the perpetual new girl to any school. A loner who owns it, Trini is self-sufficient, contemplative, but always observant. All she wants is to find her gang of friends, but she’ll never admit it – least of all to herself.
Billy – 17 years old, slight and awkward. Billy is challenged in his abilities to communicate and interact socially. Whip-smart and sweet, but always odd. Sometimes in a fun way, sometimes not, Billy is a kid with no filter. Showing his emotions, understanding sarcasm, and dealing with his OCD is a constant challenge. Has never really had any friends and instantly gravitates towards Jason.
Zack – 17 years old, always the life of the party. Filled with bravado and swagger, Zack’s tough and cool on the exterior. A charming guy who’s never had trouble with the one-liner, nor lacked confidence around women. A great athlete that’s never wanted to play on any team but his own. Zack advertises everything about himself, except the truth, which is that he lives in a trailer park with his single mom, and because of it, feels deeply inferior to all his peers.
Just from these character descriptions below, it’s clear that this new version of Power Rangers will at least have a little more dpeth to them than those from the original version of the series, or even the first movie, which featured three of the original cast members. But that doesn’t mean the movie itself will have anything substantial in the story department, especially after we heard what the basic plot of the movie is in our last update.
These character descriptions share some traits with the first Power Rangers, which also have the same names, but thankfully there’s no indication that Zack must be black or Trini must be Asian, so we might see the races of some characters switched around in the movie. That could only help this new version of Power Rangers since no one took issue with the fact that the casting from the first season was strangely somewhat racist, by having the black guy as the Black Ranger, and the Asian woman as the Yellow Ranger.
Noticeably absent is the character of Tommy, arguably the most popular character from the original series. But Tommy was a later addition to the show, first entering the fray as the evil Green Ranger. but Tommy ended up being turned into a good guy, and his Green Ranger eventually became the White Ranger. I believe there’s more history to the character of Tommy after that, but my knowledge of Power Rangers stops after that because I grew up.
Actually, I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s some kind of cliffhanger or credits scene where the arrival of the Green Ranger is teased for a sequel or something like that. Fans would probably go nuts.
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