It's morphin' time! Well... almost. The new Power Rangers trailer is here. The action-packed two-minute preview is sure to get you hype for the feature film, which comes out on March 24. Plus, thanks to Kanye West, you'll bob your head to his aptly titled hit "Power" as you watch the lives of Jason, Kimberly, Billy, Trini, and Zack morph before your very eyes.
But what's refreshing to see in this iteration of Rangers is that the cast is blurring the color lines. For those of you who are new to the world of the Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers of the '90s, the quintet with superhuman abilities had super suits that, unfortunately, appeared based on their race to some fans. Coincidental or not (Walter Jones, who played the Black Ranger on Mighty Morphin' says that no one talked about it until the original Yellow Ranger was recast with an Asian actor.) the casting of the Yellow Ranger as Asian and the Black Ranger as Black faced some controversy. Not in 2017 though!
The trailer shows Dacre Montgomery, Naomi Scott, RJ Cyler, Becky G, and Ludi Lin dive into a cavernous abyss only to find themselves glowing in translucent hues. When Chinese-Canadian Lin exclaims, "I'm Black," Cyler, who's shining in blu,e instantly claps back, "No, you're not," and adventure ensues. Look, this may not seem like much, but honestly this is huge. Seeing as it's taken literally decades to bring the Power Rangers to the big screen, it's heartwarming and, quite frankly, about freaking time the Rangers broke down color barriers.
The trailer sets us up in the fictional town of Angel Grove, where the soon-to-be "legion of warriors" attend high school and uncover "Power coins" that give them supernatural powers. Next thing you know, the group of "screw ups," as Scott says, are jumping off of cliffs, accidentally breaking bathroom sinks with the simple touch of their hands, and levitating.
With their arch-nemesis and rogue Ranger Rita Repulsa on their heels, the Rangers must hone their new-found abilities to stop her from stealing the Zeo Crystal, which gives the crew their powers.
Now imagine concealing your identity from your families, enduring the pains of high school, and battling hormones at the same damn time. As their trusty mentor Zordon, played by Bryan Cranston, proclaims, "This is your destiny."
Thanks to these new set of Rangers, the next generation of Mighty Morphin' fanatics won't feel the need to confine themselves to a color based on their own race. From the looks of it, the legacy of the Power Rangers is in some kickass and colorful new hands.