‘Power Rangers’ Movie Casts Newcomer Dacre Montgomery as Red Ranger

Dean Israelite (“Project Almanac”) is directing the movie for Lionsgate and Saban Brands

Dacre Montgomery has been cast as the Red Ranger in the “Power Rangers” movie, it was announced Tuesday by Lionsgate and Saban Brands.

Montgomery, who has no major film or TV credits on his resume, joins up-and-coming actress Naomi Scott, who was recently cast as the Pink Ranger.

“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 official “Power Rangers” Twitter account wrote: “Every #PowerRangers squad needs a leader. Welcome Dacre Montgomery as the Red Ranger in the 2017 #PowerRangersMovie!”

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.