‘Power Rangers’ Movie Adds ‘Me and Earl and the Dying Girl’ Star RJ Cyler as Blue Ranger

Dean Israelite is directing the franchise film for Lionsgate and Saban Brands

Last Updated: October 23, 2015 @ 6:10 PM

“Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” star RJ Cyler has been cast as the Blue Ranger in the “Power Rangers” movie, it was announced Friday by Lionsgate and Saban Brands.

Cyler joins Naomi Scott and newcomer Dacre Montgomery, who will play the Pink Ranger and Red Ranger, respectively.

“Project Almanac” filmmaker Dean Israelite will direct the “Power Rangers” movie from a script by Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz, whose credits include Marvel’s “Thor” and “X-Men: First Class.”

The original incarnation of the popular series, called “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers,” debuted in 1993 and quickly became a national phenomenon. It followed a group of high school kids who gain superpowers, making them masters of martial arts and able to pilot massive interconnecting robots, a la “Voltron.”

Haim Saban is a producer on the new film along with Brian Casentini and Allison Shearmur. With 20-plus years worth of stories to tap into, Lionsgate will be pushing for a “Power Rangers” franchise.

The 2017 film will mark the third theatrical release for the franchise. “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie” capitalized on the property’s initial success, starring the original series cast and bringing in more than $66.4 million globally in 1995. It was followed by “Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie,” which served as a launchpad for the “Power Rangers Turbo” television series.

Cyler, who is currently filming the Netflix movie “War Machine” with Brad Pitt, is represented by JLA Talent Agency and Landis-Simons Productions and Talent Management.

Welcome #RJCyler to the team as the #BlueRanger in the upcoming @PowerRangersMovie!

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