POWER RANGERS (2017) Japanese Release Info and Images from Toei
A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE
Toei Co., Ltd. has provided SciFi Japan with press notes and high-res images for the Japanese release of POWER RANGERS (パワーレンジャー, Pawaarenjaa), the American feature film from Lionsgate and Saban Brands. POWER RANGERS will be released in the United States by Lionsgate on March 24, 2017. Toei will release the film in Japan on July 15, 2017.
◆ The Japanese/US hybrid super project begins!
In recent years, Hollywood has built an enthusiastic fan base for superhero films such as AVENGERS, THE DARK KNIGHT and SPIDER-MAN. The genre will only gain momentum in 2017, with Marvel Studios bringing SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL.2 and the third entry in the THOR series, while Warner Bros./DC present WONDER WOMAN and JUSTICE LEAGUE. Not to be outdone is the Japan-US hybrid super project POWER RANGERS, produced on a total production budget of more than ¥17 billion ($150 million US)!
The POWER RANGERS television show — an English language localization of the “Super Sentai” Japanese special effects franchise from Toei — began in 1993 and has run for over 800 episodes… second only to THE SIMPSONS among current scripted TV programming. It is broadcast in more than 160 countries and is loved all over the world. POWER RANGERS is a social phenomenon called “the most successful Japanese production in America”. Now POWER RANGERS will be rebooted on an overwhelming scale as a major Hollywood motion picture. The Japanese heroes that everyone knows will reawaken as new heroes that no one has ever seen before!
◆ Get up; the world is waiting.
In the small town of Angel Grove, there were five ordinary high school students living normal, everyday lives. But, fate gives them a “new power” to face the threats that will soon menace the world. Why was that power given to them? The five struggle with their powers and help each other to become real heroes… but can they truly band together as the Power Rangers before it is too late?
POWER RANGERS is directed by Dean Israelite (PROJECT ALMANAC) and written by John Gatins (FLIGHT, KONG: SKULL ISLAND, REAL STEEL), Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama (DRACULA UNTOLD), Zack Stentz and Ashley Miller (X-MEN: FIRST CLASS, THOR), and Max Landis (CHRONICLE). The executive producers are Allison Shearmur (ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY, CINDERELLA) and Brent O’Connor (GOOD WILL HUNTING, JUMANJI).
The film stars Dacre Montgomery as Jason the Red Ranger, RJ Cyler as Billy the Blue Ranger, Naomi Scott as Kimberly the Pink Ranger, Becky G (EMPIRE) as Trini the Yellow Ranger, Ludi Lin as Zack the Black Ranger, Bill Hader (TROPIC THUNDER, STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS) as Alpha 5, Bryan Cranston (BREAKING BAD, TOTAL RECALL, GODZILLA) as Zordon, and Elizabeth Banks (SPIDER-MAN, PITCH PERFECT series, THE HUNGER GAMES series) as Rita Repulsa.
POWER RANGERS and all original names, original characters, distinctive likenesses thereof and original trademarks and logos are the exclusive property of Toei Company, Ltd. & SCG Power Rangers LLC. © 2016 All Rights Reserved.
About Toei Company, Ltd.
Established in 1951, Toei is one of the Japanese majors in cinema, covering production, distribution and exhibition through its own theater chains. The company owns two film studios located in Tokyo and Kyoto. Its library exceeds 20,000 titles including feature films, TV series and animation.