When 2017 comes around, a part of my childhood will come back to life as the Power Rangers film reboot hits theaters. Almost every person who watched Power Rangers in his or her youth is excited for this upcoming movie, and we’re incredibly anxious to hear more details about the plot, the setting, and the casting choices. So far, very little is known about Power Rangers, except for a few details about the characters. A recent article has revealed a little bit of background on each of the Rangers, shedding some light on the tone of the film and possibly giving us a heads-up as to what kind of portrayal we can expect on the big screen. After reading each of these rumored character bios, we pondered over which actors and actresses would best fit the bill for the reboot. Here are our six casting choices for Power Rangers.
6. Michael B. Jordan as Zack
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 lived in a trailer park with his single mom, and because of it, feels deeply inferior to all his peers.
Michael B. Jordan is almost 30, so it’s probably a bit of a stretch to have him play a 17-year-old (it worked in Chronicle in 2012 but I doubt he can retain his youthful look forever). However, I can’t picture anyone else for the role, and it wouldn’t be the first time we had an older person playing a high-schooler. Jordan has the “bravado and swagger” that fits the description for Zack. He’s also incredibly likable; no matter which role he’s been in, you can’t help but root for the guy. I think Jordan deserves to take on the role as the Black Ranger, especially so he can redeem himself after Fantastic Four.
5. Anton Yelchin as Billy
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.
Anton Yelchin is noted for his work in the new Star Trek film series as Pavel Chekov. Correct me if I’m wrong, but doesn’t the background description for Billy sound very, very similar to Chekov? I think it’d be easy for Yelchin to smoothly transition into the role seeing as he’s been playing it for the past few years. I can see Yelchin refusing this role in order to avoid type-casting, but as we saw in the original Power Rangers show (and as we’ll probably witness in the film), Billy isn’t just about brains and awkwardness. He can be as big a bad-ass as anyone else on the team, and on more than one occasion, he’s stepped up to the plate to save the rest of the Rangers.
4. Jamie Chung as Trini
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.
Jamie Chung may be older than Michael B. Jordan, but she must’ve discovered the Fountain of Youth to look so young, which is why she can pull off still being in high school. What makes Chung a great choice for the role of Trini is the fact that she has massive exposure to and training in martial arts and stage combat. She’s had roles in multiple action-oriented films such as The Man with the Iron Fists, Sucker Punch, and Dragonball: Evolution. Okay, so her films were mostly very bad, but at least she’s starring as Mulan in Once Upon a Time. I almost see her as an up-and-coming Lucy Liu. Give her a chance to shine and she’ll take it!