New ‘POWER RANGERS’ Film Will Introduce First Gay Character
POWER RANGERS director Dean Israelite has revealed that the film will feature a small scene where Trini the Yellow Power Ranger played by Becky G is gay. The scene happens where Trini is going through relationship problems, but it’s actually “girlfriend problems.”
Israelite told THR:
“For Trini, really she’s questioning a lot about who she is. She hasn’t fully figured it out yet. I think what’s great about that scene and what that scene propels for the rest of the movie is, ‘That’s OK.’ The movie is saying, ‘That’s OK’, and all of the kids have to own who they are and find their tribe.”
This wouldn’t be the first superhero who represent the LGBTQ community as there many superheroes, but it’s the first time to be seen on screen.
Another character in a major motion picture release this month, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast also features a gay character.
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 its too late.
Starring Dacre Montgomery as Jason the Red Ranger, RJ Cyler as Billy the Blue Ranger, Naomi Scott as Kimberly the Pink Ranger, Becky G as Trini the Yellow Ranger, Ludi Lin as Zack the Black Ranger, Bill Hader voicing Alpha 5, Bryan Cranston as Zordon, and Elizabeth Banks as villain Rita Repulsa.
Directed by Dean Israelite, the film is written by John Gatins, Burk Sharpless, and Matt Sazama, Zack Stentz, and Ashley Miller, and Max Landis. Power Rangers creator Haim Saban, Brian Casentini, Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen produce.
Power Rangers hits theaters on March 24.