The Power Rangers reboot is set to release in theaters next year. Usually with reboots of famous franchises, you’ll get a little nod to the past with them. This could be a reference to the older films, such as visual gag or a line made by a certain character. Sometimes, a reboot will feature a cameo appearance by someone from the original cast. It’s a great way to get fans of the original more excited for the reboot, especially if the cameo is done well. A recent example is the new Ghostbusters movie, which featured cameos from Bill Murray, Dan Aykryod and Ernie Hudson, three out of four of the original film’s cast.
With that in mind, you would think that the new Power Rangers movie would make an effort to feature the original Mighty Morphin cast. But apparently, they weren’t even invited. Walter Jones, who portrayed the original Black Ranger Zack Taylor, talked about the new film in an interview with Audibly Exquisite.
“It’s not likely. Unfortunately, we were not invited to be part of the film, which is confusing to me, but I’m excited about the film nevertheless.”
One one hand, it makes sense for Saban Entertainment, producers of the Power Rangers reboot and owners of the Power Rangers franchise, to want to separate themselves from the original film a bit. The reboot is supposedly a darker take on the Power Rangers universe than ever before, and the original film is pretty campy.
However, that doesn’t really explain why they didn’t invite the original cast. With the majority of people going to see the film likely being fans of the original Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, featuring the original cast members in cameos would certainly be appreciated.
Saban’s Power Rangers follows five ordinary high school kids 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 that they are the only ones who can save the planet. But to do so they will have to overcome their real-life issues and band together as the Power Rangers before it is too late.