Lionsgate has tapped Monster Hunt actor Ludi Lin as the Black Ranger for its upcoming Power Rangers movie. The studio made the announcement Thursday on Twitter and Instagram.
He?s the third actor cast for the movie, following Naomi Scott as the Pink Ranger and Dacre Montgomery as the Red Ranger.
Lind plays a magician in ?Monster Hunt,? which has become a box office smash in China. Dean Israelite is directing the movie from a script by Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz. Haim Saban, Brian Casentini and Allison Shearmur are producing, reported Variety.
The story reimagines the origins of the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, a group of high school kids given extraterrestrial powers who unite to save the world.
According to Cinema Blend, initial reports implied that the new film will use the original Mighty Morphin Power Rangers series as its inspiration for the Rangers themselves, but more recent word is the film will actually follow the existing canon and take place after Power Rangers Dino Charge. Or it could be some sort of alternate version that follows the existing canon but still uses the original characters, a la J.J.Abrams Star Trek. Lin?s casting certainly implies one of two things. Either the film is going with different characters entirely, or, and this option is a bit more exciting, they?re just not going to let the previous choices lock them into particular characters.
Screenwriters Zack Stentz and Ashley Miller (X-Men: First Class, Thor) wrote the screenplay for Power Rangers, which is described as a modern reinvention of the long-running franchise. In it, a group of ordinary high school kids find themselves infused with extraterrestrial powers and must harness those powers as a team to save the world. Original creator Haim Saban is acting as producer along with Brian Casentini and Allison Shearmur, reports Coming Soon.Net.