'Power Rangers' Cast Wants a Female Green Ranger in the Next Film

Sunday, 26 March 2017 - 1:10PM
Power Rangers
Sunday, 26 March 2017 - 1:10PM
'Power Rangers' Cast Wants a Female Green Ranger in the Next Film
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Power Rangers came out in theaters this past weekend, and while it didn't break any records, its performance is being called "solid" at $40.5 million. Assuming it makes a profit, a sequel has a good chance of coming around.

And one thing we'd be seeing in a Power Rangers 2 would be the Green Ranger, which the new movie's cast agrees should be played by a woman this time around. When first introduced in the original Mighty Morphin Power Rangers show, Green Ranger Tommy Oliver (played by Jason David Frank) was a villain, a new student at Angel Grove High School who was mind-controlled by Rita Repulsa before finally turning good (he also eventually changed colors from green to white).

Speaking to SyfyWire, the Rangers were all pretty united on the idea, or at least open to it. When asked who they would cast in the green suit, Becky G (the Yellow Ranger) immediately said "Rihanna," while RJ Cyler (the Blue Ranger) said either Zendaya or also Rihanna. Naomi Scott (Pink Ranger) went with Meryl Streep, Dacre Montgomery (Red) said non-specifically that there were lots of strong women up to the task, while Ludi Lin (Black) said it should go to a newcomer instead of a big name, and could be either male or female.

Either way, there is indeed going to be a Green Ranger if a sequel is made. Beyond being the obvious choice for a sequel story, a post-credits scene hints as much and even name-drops Tommy Oliver. Also, this gif of a green helmet just happened to show up on the movie's official Twitter, so make of that what you will:



Since the movie does mention a "Tommy," the sequel's writers would have to figure out what to make Tommy short for: Tamara? Thomasina? Maybe someone just had a thick accent while actually saying "Tammy?" Despite giving one of the more vague answers in that interview, Montgomery is still lobbying for the idea, telling the Hollywood Reporter that "a lot of the cast and I have discussed that we think it should be a girl. It makes it even: three girls, three boys."

Opening quote
"It's left blank. It's a cliff-hanger. Whoever you're going to drop into that position - whether it's a girl - it's inevitably going to create drama. It'll be interesting to drop that drama into it and see how we all relate to it and work with it."
Closing quote
 

If casting does indeed turn out that way, it'd make sense for a film that's been promoting diversity, both in the realm of race and sexuality. More representation is always a plus, and the new Power Rangers has already taken several liberties anyway so they can tell a new story. Beyond staying strictly faithful to the source material (which the movie didn't), there's no reason why the character has to be a dude: as long as they start evil and turn good, then that's the story arc of the Green Ranger, and any new stories or narratives given to them would just be a fresh take on the character.

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