We haven’t heard much about the Power Rangers movie directed by Dean Israelite (Project Almanac) with a script from X-Men: First Class co-writers Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz. So far, we’ve just been rounding up rumors, like the one about Rita Repulsa being the main villain and the one about a possible plot synopsis.
Now Collider has obtained what they believe to be official character descriptions from a Power Rangers casting call. You can read the full descriptions over there, but here’s a familiar-looking summary of the five high school students, all aged 17 (meaning the actors will be 26 or so), who will be donning the spandex next:
- Jason — Was a star quarterback until he crashed his car, ending his football career and leaving him rudderless. He’ll find redemption in leading a group who will “shed their individual baggage and find who they truly are.”
- Kimberly — Used to be popular until she was absent from school for six months and rumors flew as to why she left. She returned with a rebellious attitude which is “masking a deep secret that makes her feel profoundly vulnerable.”
- Trini — The smart new girl at school who acts like a loner but desperately wants friends.
- Billy — Asperger’s and OCD, because every one of these teen movies need that kid.
- Zack — The “life of the party, filled with bravado and swagger,” which is masking his insecurity about living in a trailer park.
Those should seem familiar. These are the same names, and similar personality types, as the teens from the original series, but with one character missing: Tommy Oliver (BRING BACK TOMMY). To be fair, Jason David Frank already said he’ll probably be in the movie, so they may not need another Tommy. The Green Ranger may be a mentor instead.
You may have also noticed these characters are more complex and developed than the five lead characters you’d meet in the first few episodes if you went back and watched the original series now. (Don’t do that. Don’t ever do that.)
The Power Rangers movie opens Jan. 13, 2017. Until then, we guess you could just re-watch The Best Movie™.