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British-Indian actress Naomi Scott to play the Pink Ranger in new ‘Power Rangers’ reboot film

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Following roles in The Martian and Chilean miners drama The 33, Naomi Scott has signed on to fight evil alien magic users as the Pink Ranger in the upcoming Power Rangers reboot movie planned for release in 2017. The production made the announcement on Instagram.

The Pink Ranger was originally played by Amy Jo Johnson from 1993-1996. The film, originally slated for summer 2016 but now looking at a January 2017 release, updates the television series, about a group of ordinary high school kids infused with extraterrestrial powers to become science fictional martial arts superheroes, who must harness their powers as a team to save the world. Previous reports are that it will have some connection to the long-running television series, though how much remains unknown.

Based in part on the Japanese tv show Super Sentai, the original series began in 1993 as Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, referring to the main characters’ transformation into their superheroic incarnations. Various title changes followed as the show adjusted its premise and setting, most recently this year’s Power Rangers Dino Charge, which began airing on Nickelodeon February 7, 2015.

Filming is set to begin January 18, 2016 in Vancouver.

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Fantasy Cast For Broadway’s “Aladdin”

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Disney’s Middle Eastern/South Asian fairy tale is finally going to make its run on the great white way. However, Aladdin on Broadway failed to cast anyone of Middle Eastern/South Asian descent in their “Multicultural Cast.” Here are some recommendations.

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Fantasy Cast For Broadway’s “Aladdin”

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Keli Lee: Executive VP of Casting at ABC Entertainment

Here’s a great interview with Keli Lee, the Executive Vice President of casting at ABC.

Twelve years ago, Lee started the ABC Casting Department’s Talent Showcase with the goal of providing more opportunities for minority actors who either don’t have representation or aren’t even aware of the opportunities available. Since its inception, 14,000 people have auditioned, and 432 actors have participated in 30 showcases, with winners earning mentorships. Beneficiaries of this program include Liza Lapira (Crazy Stupid Love,Don’t Trust the B— in Apartment 23), Carrie Ann Inaba (Dancing with the Stars), Aaron Yoo (Disturbia, 21), Archie Kao (CSI), Randall Park (Larry Crowne, The Five-Year Engagement), and Janina Gavankar (True Blood, The L Word).

In the upcoming fall season on ABC, TV audiences can look out for Ming-Na Wen and Chloe Wang Bennet in Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Liza Lapira in Super Fun Night, Ginger Gonzaga in Mixology, Summer Bishil in Lucky 7, and Albert Tsai in Trophy Wife.

My goal is to change the face of television,” says Lee. “When I came to the U.S. at age 2, there wasn’t much diversity on television, and now, it’s such a different time.”

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Keli Lee: Executive VP of Casting at ABC Entertainment

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