Lionsgate & Saban Entertainment have announced they’ve finally found their Red Ranger. The Dean Israelite-directed Mighty Morphin Power Rangers big-screen reboot has cast newcomer Dacre Montgomery in the role of Power Rangers leader Jason Lee Scott, aka the Red Ranger.
Montgomery beat out actors K.J. Apa (Shortland Street), Mitchell Hope (The Descendants) and Austin Butler (who is currently busy playing the lead in MTV's The Shannara Chronicles), who were also in the running for the role. Montgomery is the second actor to be cast, joining Naomi Scott (The Martian) as the Pink Ranger.
Here’s a rumored description of the updated character, who will wield the Tyrannosaurus Dinozord powers previously used by Austin St. John in the original TV series. Unless they change that:
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.
We don’t know much about Montgomery -- dude has only three credits on IMDb, including the Power Rangers reboot -- but since he beat out more, erm, "established" actors for the role, guess he must have blown away the powers that be during his audition.
What do you guys think about the cast so far? The Power Rangers movie reboot will hit movie theaters on Jan. 13, 2017.
(via Comic Book Movie)