Although the Power Rangers reboot couldn’t quite dethrone Disney’s Beauty and the Beast from the top of the box office charts, the film is still a powerhouse so far, raking in nearly $60 million worldwide in its opening weekend.
Naturally, discussions about a potential sequel have already begun and one of the big talking points is Tommy the Green Ranger, who is expected to be introduced in the next film. While it’s obvious that Jason David Frank, who played Tommy in the original TV series, won’t be returning to play the role, it looks like the role may not even be filled by a male actor at all.
According to Power Rangers star Dacre Montgomery, who plays the new Red Ranger, there has already been discussion among the cast and crew that the Green Ranger should be female in the rebooted universe. Said Montgomery to The Hollywood Reporter: “A lot of the cast and I have discussed that we think it should be a girl. It makes it even: three girls, three boys.”
While Power Rangers fans will no doubt have strong opinions either way on this idea, what does Jason David Frank think of all this? The 43-year-old actor is still heavily involved in the franchise and even makes a cameo in the new film — in fact, he was kicked out of the premiere for trying to record fans’ reactions to it! — so clearly he takes the Green Ranger’s legacy quite seriously. Here’s what he had to say on the matter:
“I’m still Tommy for now! The Green Ranger is going to fill my shoes. But I still have my own shoes I’m wearing.”
He then went onto explain that it doesn’t matter who plays the character because the Green Ranger will always be a fan-favorite.
“The Green Ranger kicks butt. The Green Ranger has always been the most popular.
“No matter what [Power Rangers creator] Haim Saban does, people are going to love it. He would not allow something that fans will not like. After watching the movie, anything is possible. It doesn’t matter what color your skin is. It doesn’t matter if you’re female or you’re male.”
So there you have it: the original Green Ranger is totally fine with making the character a girl. The only downside is that there’s no actress alive who can hope to have a more luxurious ponytail than Tommy Oliver, so they probably shouldn’t even try.
(Source: The Hollywood Reporter)