There were a lot of questions that came up when it was announced that the beloved Power Rangers television series would be turned into a movie. What will the plot be? Will there be many changes from the OG franchise everyone came to know and love? And most of all, which actors will take on the task turning the beloved Rangers into big-screen successes? Film executives knew they had high standards to uphold when it came to choosing the perfect cast, so they went through months of tedious auditions in hopes of finding the perfect young stars. You know what they say — hard work pays off.
Both newbie actors (like Becky G) and seasoned pros (like Elizabeth Banks) got themselves parts in the upcoming PR film, but before they snagged ’em, many other actresses auditioned to be involved, too. Keep reading to see which young stars tested for the Pink and Yellow rangers, but ultimately got denied.
1. Stefanie Scott — This former A.N.T. Farm star was one of the young actresses who tested for the role of Kimberly Ann Hart (the Pink Ranger), according to Variety. Obviously her audition didn’t work out, because it was a different Scott — Naomi — who was cast in the end.
2. AnnaSophia Robb — While ASR wasn’t on Variety‘s shortlist of stars who were testing for various Power Rangers roles, Jeff Sneider from TheWrap broke the news that she would be joining those auditioning. “@RobbAnnaSophia ALSO testing for the Pink Ranger this [weekend],” he wrote on Twitter in early October 2015.
3. Crystal Lowe — IMDB reports that Crystal, a Canadian actress who’s previously been in Smallville and Hot Tub Time Machine, was once “in talks for a supporting role” in the new PR reboot. No one knows for sure which character she set her sights on, but it can be assumed it was either the Pink or Yellow ranger.
4. Naomi Scott — While this 23-year-old actress will be playing the Pink Ranger in the upcoming Power Rangers film, it was actually another Ranger she originally tried out for. “I actually first auditioned for the Yellow Ranger, for Trini, which is interesting. It kind of shows how they were looking for characteristics as opposed to ethnicity or whatever,” she told DenofGeek.com.
Here are all the young male actors who also auditioned Power Rangers:
While Variety reported the Power Rangers producers were looking for "up-and-coming" young stars to join the movie, Austin (who has a pretty full resume to his name) was one of the actors who tested for Jason Lee Scott (the Red Ranger).
You probably recognize Mitchell as Ben in Descendants, but you could've seen him as Jason (Red Ranger) in Power Rangers, too, according to Variety.
It wasn't producers who campaigned for Robbie to play the Red Ranger — it was the actor himself! When a fan posted a picture of the DUFF star as a Power Ranger he immediately jumped on board and expressed interest in being a part of the film. Unfortunately, it didn't work out.
If K.J. had been cast as the Red Ranger in Power Rangers like producers considered, he may not have gotten the starring role on The CW's hit new television show, Riverdale.
Ross is another Riverdale star who tested for a role in Power Rangers, but unlike K.J., he was considered for the Black Ranger.
Brian 'Sene' Marc
This actor's first major movie role came beside Emma Roberts and Dave Franco in Nerve, and he was one of the young men producers looked at to play Zack Taylor (the Black Ranger) in PR.
Daniel has experience acting in action-heavy projects (he appeared on Fear the Walking Dead and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), so it makes sense that his name came up when Power Rangers executives were thinking of young stars who could potentially join the cast as the Black Ranger.