With Lionsgate’s big screen reboot of Saban’s Power Rangers hitting cinemas this Friday, THR is reporting that the film is set to make history by being the first big-budget superhero movie to feature a LGBT protagonist in Becky G’s Trini, a.k.a. the Yellow Ranger, with the character revealed to be having “girlfiend problems” in what director Dean Israelite describes as a “pivotal” moment.
“For Trini, really she’s questioning a lot about who she is,” states Israelite. “She hasn’t fully figured it out yet. I think what’s great about that scene and what that scene propels for the rest of the movie is, ‘That’s OK.’ The movie is saying, ‘That’s OK,’ and all of the kids have to own who they are and find their tribe.”
“They really stepped up to the plate,” added original Mighty Morphin Power Rangers star and openly gay actor David Yost, who left the series after facing harassment due to his sexual orientation. “I think so many people in the LGBTQI community are going to be excited to see that representation.”
Meanwhile, we’ve got video interviews with stars Becky G, R.J. Cyler, Dacre Montgomery, Naomi Scott, Ludi Lin and Elizabeth Banks, along with a couple of new TV spots for the film; check them out here…
Saban’s POWER RANGERS 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.
Power Rangers is set for release on March 24th 2017 and stars Becky G as the Yellow Ranger, Ludi Lin as the Black Ranger, Naomi Scott as the Pink Ranger, Dacre Montgomery as the Red Ranger, R.J. Cyler as the Blue Ranger, Bryan Cranston as Zordon, Bill Hader as Alpha 5 and Elizabeth Banks as Rita Repulsa.