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The big-screen redo of the hit TV series arrives in theaters in 2017

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March 03, 2016 01:00 PM

It’s most certainly morphin’ time!

The Saturday morning TV staple Power Rangers (née Mighty Morphin) is coming to theaters in 2017 with a big-screen revival that will introduce a new version of the classic lineup of five alien-blasting teens.

Entertainment Weekly and PEOPLE have your first look at pop star Becky G, RJ Cyler (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl), Naomi Scott, Ludi Lin and Dacre Montgomery as Trini, Billy, Kimberly, Zack and Jason, respectively.

Director Dean Israelite (Project Almanac) told EW that he wanted this superhero story to reflect the lives of teens today. The new Power Rangers is a coming-of-age story for these “disenfranchised and disparate” high schoolers, who are not friends when the new story begins.

The new cast also reflects an emphasis on diversity that can be traced back to the original series.

“From the very beginning, diversity was a very important part of the whole process,” Israelite said. “We switched all of the races around, but we made sure that the essence of each of those characters are who they were in the original show, and this really will be an origin story of those characters.”

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