Lionsgate’s Power Rangers reboot is about to hit theaters, and fans everywhere are excited for this new take on one of the most beloved properties of the ‘90s. With all the nostalgia surrounding the new Power Rangers, fans have been wondering if the actors from the classic series would be involved in any capacity.
We recently learned that the original Green Ranger, Jason David Frank, and the original Pink Ranger, Amy Jo Johnson, will cameo in the film. But what about the other three original MMPR cast members? As it turns out, they are not in the film, but they did show up at the Power Rangers premiere, giving us the #MMPR reunion we were all hoping for.
The 'Mighty Morphin Power Rangers' Reunion
The cast of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (minus Amy Jo Johnson who didn't pose with the boys, and the late Thuy Trang) were together on the red carpet at the Power Rangers premiere, and posed in their classic stances for pictures. It’s awesome that Saban and Lionsgate invited the original actors to the premiere, and it also shows fans of MMPR that the movie hasn’t forgotten the source material.
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Austin St. John (The Red Ranger) and Walter E. Jones (The Black Ranger) left MMPR during Season 2 due to contract disputes, and were replaced shortly after. But over the last decade, the two actors have become very active in the Power Rangers fan community, and appear at many conventions. It's great to see them back together in front of the world with David Yost (The Blue Ranger) and Jason David Frank (The Green Ranger).
Everyone's First Crush: Amy Jo Johnson
For those of you having Pink Ranger withdrawals, don't worry, because Am Jo Johnson was also in attendance. Unfortunately, she missed the big reunion photo, but she did pose for a few red-carpet photos, and a lovely picture with Jason David Frank. Amy Jo Johnson was one of the few original MMPR cast members to continue acting, and was on series regular on Flashpoint and Felicity. Recently, Johnson has begun directing and producing films as well.
Amy Jo Johnson has been very active in the Power Rangers fan community in the years following MMPR, and has fully embraced her impact on the franchise. Johnson will forever be the Pink Ranger, and for most '90s kids, their first crush. Amy Jo Johnson will make a cameo in Power Rangers, and we are so happy that she is a part of the film.
The Return Of David Yost To The Power Rangers
It is awesome that David Yost attended the Power Rangers premiere, but given his past with Saban, it’s somewhat surprising. Several years back, Yost commented on how he was constantly bullied and harassed on the set of Power Rangers for being gay. He even said that at one point, the harassment was so severe that he contemplated suicide.
Since then, Yost has been an advocate for the LGBTQ community, as well as an active member in the Power Rangers fan community. It must be noted that given Yost’s past harassment when he was on MMPR, the inclusion of a LGBTQ character in Power Rangers is a step in the right direction for Saban.
Everybody Loves Jason David Frank
It’s no surprise that Jason David Frank was front and center at the Power Rangers premiere, since he is basically the poster boy for the Power Rangers franchise. JDF played Tommy Oliver, who was the longest running cast member of any version of the Power Rangers, spanning 8 iterations of the show.
JDF is best known for being the Green and White Ranger on MMPR, but he was also the Red Ranger on Power Rangers Zeo and Turbo, and the Black Ranger on Dino Thunder. As I mentioned before, JDF took time out of his busy schedule, and will be making a cameo in Power Rangers — much to the delight of every kid that wanted to be Tommy Oliver in the ‘90s.
Check out the new Zords in this clip from Power Rangers:
It would have been awesome to have seen Amy Jo Johnson with the boys at the premiere, but it’s great that we got to see most almost all the original cast of MMPR back together again. This reunion is an awesome way to promote the new film, and their appearance reminds us that the new cast is just an addition to the legacy that is the Power Rangers. Make sure you have Zordon teleport you to your local theater so you can see Power Rangers on March 24, 2017.
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