“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.
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.”
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.