After nearly two and a half years, fans waiting with baited breath for a sequel to Lionsgate’s 2017 Power Rangers movie can finally put a nail in the coffin.
The cast from the 2017 film will not be returning for any future installments in the Power Rangers film franchise.
The news was confirmed by Dacre Montgomery, star of Netflix’s Stranger Things who portrayed the movie’s Red Ranger. Montgomery confirmed in a Reddit AMA that Hasbro has elected not to bring back the cast of the 2017 film.
“I think there is a [Power Rangers] movie in the works but it’s not with me and the cast. So yes [another Power Rangers movie will take place], but not with us.” – Dacre Montgomery (Link to Reddit AMA)
Hasbro, the toy company who now owns the Power Rangers brand, is planning to reboot the film franchise with Paramount at a date yet to be determined. When they do so, it will be with a new cast, a new story, and a new premise.
Despite Lionsgate’s Power Rangers movie pulling in positive word of mouth (as indicated by the film’s A score on CinemaScore), the film ultimately failed to impress critics or produce significant box office earnings, pulling in a measly $140 million at the global box office.
The movie’s failure would eventually lead Haim Saban, founder of the Power Rangers brand, to sell the franchise to Hasbro, a toy company who also owns properties including Transformers, G.I. Joe, and My Little Pony.
Hasbro will now work with Paramount to create a brand new Power Rangers film, the same company duo who created recent Transformers and G.I. Joe feature films.
Despite not returning for any sequels, the cast of Lionsgate’s movie has gone on to find renowned success with other brands since moving on from the Power Rangers franchise:
- Naomi Scott, who portrayed Kimberly the Pink Ranger, is a rising star after her recent role as Princess Jasmine in Disney’s Aladdin, and upcoming role as one of the titular Charlie’s Angels in Sony’s upcoming reboot.
- Dacre Montgomery, who portrayed Jason the Red Ranger, has found success in a starring role in Netflix’s incredibly popular Stranger Things.
- Becky G., who portrayed Trini the Yellow Ranger, continues to ascend billboard charts for her Latina music, partnering with artists including Pitbull and Bad Bunny.
- Ludi Lin, who portrayed Zack the Black Ranger, was featured in Warner Bros.’ Aqauman and Netflix’s Black Mirror, and is rumored to be a front runner for Marvel Studios’ upcoming Shang-Chi.
- RJ Cyler, who portrayed Billy the Blue Ranger, starred in MTV’s Scream and also landed a role on the CW’s Black Lightning.
Lionsgate had plans for future Power Rangers sequels to focus on the introduction of a sixth team member, Tommy Oliver the Green Ranger, as hinted in the 2017 movie’s post-credits scene. Other plans for the sequel were to introduce Lord Zedd, one of the brand’s most popular villains, as well as explore Rita Repulsa’s on-screen affinity for Goldar, as depicted by actress Elizabeth Banks in the 2017 installment.
Franchise owner Haim Saban and Lionsgate once expressed interest in doing up to six movies, citing that a six-movie story arc was already in place (click here to recap).
Those remaining five movies will never come to light, as word first surfaced in February 2019 that Hasbro would be taking the film franchise away from Lionsgate in favor of Paramount (click here for the full recap).
Ultimately, the move should not come as a surprise as Hasbro is primarily a toy company, with a mission to push toy sales. The 2017 Power Rangers movie failed to sell many toys, and the film’s unconventional designs turned some fans away from the outset. Hasbro will look to reverse that trend by rebooting the franchise with their own, more toy-friendly designs.
2017’s Saban’s Power Rangers movie follows five ordinary teens who must become something extraordinary when they learn that their small town of Angel Grove – and the world- is on the verge of being obliterated by an alien threat. Chosen by destiny, our heroes quickly discover they are the only ones who can save the planet. But to do so, they will have to overcome their real-life issues and before it’s too late, band together as the Power Rangers.
Starring Becky G., Ludi Lin, Naomi Scott, Dacre Montgomery, RJ Cyler, Elizabeth Banks, and Bryan Cranston, Saban’s Power Rangers is available on home video now.