'Power Rangers' reboot news: Actors reportedly testing for Jason, Zack, Kimberley

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New rumors are pointing to possible progress in the casting stage of the much anticipated Power Rangers reboot film, which will open in theaters come 2017.

As reported by Variety, rumor has it that actors KJ Apa of Shortland Street, Austin Butler of The Shannara Chronicles, and Mitchell Hope of The Descendants are in testing stage for the role of Jason, the Red Ranger.

On the other hand, the role of Zack, the Black Ranger, is also in testing with the following actors: Daniel Zovatto of It Follows, Ross Butler of Chasing Life and Brian “Sene” Marc of Major Crimes.

Meanwhile, two contenders are being tested for the role of Kimberly, the Pink Ranger. They are: Naomi Scott from The Martian, and Stefanie Scott from Disney Channel’s A.N.T.

No word yet as to the other members of the team, but is also rumored that the film is aiming to cast big names for their villains.

In other news, previous reports revealed that the new film will commence shooting early next year. According to a report by YVRShoots.com, the big-budget Power Rangers film is set to hit metro Vancouver for its filming that will start in the winter season. Filming for the movie will start on January 18, 2016, and is expected to wrap up by April 12. Additionally, the Directors Guild of Canada-BC Production List revealed that the working production code for the movie is Shirt.

Saban’s Power Rangers will be directed by Dean Israelite of Project Almanac, who has the vision for a fun, yet grounded take on the original Power Rangers story. Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama The Last Witch Hunter have reportedly finished writing the first draft of the script of the film, while Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz are developing a mature take on it. Franchise creator Haim Saban will be producing the reboot film.

Lionsgate and Saban Entertainment’s Power Rangers will hit theaters January 13, 2017.