In an interview with Audibly Exquisite podcast, the original Black Ranger, Walter Jones, stated he and the other original cast members from the popular 90’s kids TV show “were not invited to be part of the film.” At first a part of me was super disappointed, but then I realized a shoehorned in cameo is probably for the best.
While I liked the Ghostbusters remake that hit theaters earlier this summer, I was not the biggest fan of the forced cameos by the original, surviving cast. It felt like the film ground to a stop when Bill Murray showed up as a professional paranormal debunker who was (SPOILER ALERT) shoved out a window and killed by a ghost. Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver, and Annie Potts’ quick appearances were not any better, just shorter.
Since Hollywood has proven itself to be out of original ideas and has fallen into a hole of remakes and reboots, it has become almost mandatory for the filmmakers to somehow find a way to shove original actors into the background of the new film as an Easter Egg. When the cameo is woven into the plot as a necessity, then it feels wonderfully organic and less like the producers are elbowing you in the ribs saying “remember that person? They were in the original. We did that for you!” One of the best examples in recent memory is inclusion of Leonard Nimoy in the 2009 Star Trek reboot and again quickly in the sequel, Star Trek Into Darkness, when the crew needed answers about their villain.
I applauded the producers for the new Power Rangers movie for working on distancing itself from the original, campy show by not finding a way of including the original Rangers. It seems to me as if they are wanting to move away from the silliness of the original 90’s series and move the franchise into a more serious avenue.
Power Rangers hits theaters March 24, 2017 and will star Becky G. Ludi Linn, Dacre Montgomery, Naomi Scott, RJ Cyler, Elizabeth Banks and Bryan Cranston.