Plans for a sequel to Power Rangers diminished when the film failed to impress at the box office, but the situation may have changed due to home media sales and a successful merchandise craze. Although there is nothing planned officially yet, the film's Red Ranger, actor Dacre Montgomery, recently spoke about the possibility of a sequel — and his thoughts on a potential female version of the Green Ranger.
The 22-year-old Aussie, who is appearing in Stranger Things Season 2, discussed his hopes for a "good sequel" with Screen Rant, including the possibility of changing the Green Ranger's gender:
"I mean, for me, it was just the whole idea of there’s three boys. There’s two girls. What if the sixth Ranger was a girl? I don’t know. I think it’s open for interpretation. That was just mine and a couple of other cast members’ interpretation. Yeah. But also there’s also some ground there for the OG fans about, like, Tommy is a guy so I’m not wanting to mess with that at the same time as advocating for a girl. So we shall see. I’m not saying there’s a sequel. I’m not saying it’s a girl or a boy, but I hope that if it does go in that direction that everyone can be satisfied with it and that it can be conducive to being a good movie, a good sequel."
The initial movie left open the option to add the Green Ranger for future installments with the post-credits scene showing the teacher announce the name of a new student, Tommy Oliver. The original character, who went on to become the Green Ranger, was played by actor Jason David Frank — but with the gender-swapping trend these days, a female named Tommy is not out of the question. The film has already switched up traditional norms with the diversity of its characters, so adding another woman to the cast should come as no surprise.
At this point, if there even is a sequel on the horizon, it seems unlikely the casting decision will appease all fans. The hardcore Power Rangers fans will want the original male Tommy Oliver, as Montgomery touched upon, but many viewers also want to see progressive change in films with more leadership roles for women and fans have been vocal on why it might be the perfect idea.
Having a new portrayal of the Green Ranger in any form all depends on the fate of the sequel so stay tuned!
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(Source: Screen Rant)