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Power Rangers movie casts Chinese actor Ludi Lin as the Black Ranger

Ludi Lin is the Black Ranger in Dean Israelite's "Power Rangers."

The new Power Rangers team is coming together, with Ludi Lin now cast as the Black Ranger. Lin’s casting was announced on the official Instagram feed of The Power Rangers Movie.

Directed by Project Almanac‘s Dean Israelite, Power Rangers goes into production early next year with a release date of January 13, 2017.

Earlier this week, it was announced that newcomer Dacre Montgomery will be suiting up as the Red Ranger in the movie. He joined The Martian‘s Naomi Scott, who was recently announced as a Pink Ranger.

The reinvention of the children’s TV series will see the new generation of teens have mystical powers. In order to save the world, the rangers will have to master their powers in the face of an unspeakable evil.

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.

The Power Rangers Like You’ve Never Seen Them Before

With the help of Director Joseph Kahn, Executive Producer Adi Shankar and actor James Van Der Beek, the mighty morphing Power Rangers are reimagined as adults, for adults.

In a video confession, Shankar talks about his inspiration for the 14-minute featurette, stating ” I eventually came to the realization that high school kids weaponized to fight an intergalactic threat would turn those kids into some seriously disturbed adults.”

Although this is not intended to be a pitch of any kind, we’ve got to admit, it would be quite awesome to see an R-rated Power Rangers movie.

Audrey Magazine catches up with actor Yoshi Sudarso

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Does that face look familiar to you? Does your favorite SHAG (Super Hot Asian Guy) ring a bell? That’s right, Yoshi Sudarso is back and he’s got a lot more than his good looks to share with you.

For those that are just getting to know him, Sudarso, who is of Chinese descent, was born in Indonesia and moved to the United States at the age of nine. He and his brother, Peter Adrian, are primarily known on social media and YouTube. His beginnings in the entertainment industry began with small modeling jobs, a bit of acting and a lot of stunt work.

Now, he’s taking bigger steps towards making a name for himself. He is currently starring in the newest season of Nickelodeon’s Power Rangers series titled Dino Chargewhere he plays Koda, the sweet yet resilient blue ranger. But this is only the beginning of a list of projects for Sudarso, which includes planning his wedding!

He took some time out after filming in New Zealand to talk about how he got started in Hollywood and his future plans for re-connecting with his roots in social media.

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Audrey Magazine: How did you get started in entertainment?

Yoshi Sudarso: I began in college. I thought it would be fun to make spare money on the side, so I did extra and background work in the summer for two years. I met people through that and they recommended other jobs or to look on Craigslist to find small jobs. I did modeling, a little bit of acting and stunt work most of the time. I realized stunt work was where I wanted to be so I chose that route.

 

AM: Did you always want to be in entertainment when you were a kid?

YS: No not at all, not even the slightest actually. I wanted to do something with math. I wanted to be either a math teacher or an accountant. I always wanted to do martial arts and never really did it until high school because my parents wouldn’t let me. So I just kind of followed what my parents wanted me to do, which was accounting and math. Pretty much the typical Asian route, you know? I went to school for that at Cal State Long Beach and halfway through, I decided to change and do Theater.

 

AM: How did you become the blue power ranger? What was the process like?

YS: I’ve always loved Power Rangers, maybe a little bit more than I’d like to admit, in the sense that I’ve seen pretty much seen every season and I’ve seen the Japanese counterpart as well. Since I’m a huge fan, I always wanted to be a power ranger. One day I was doing a small stunt job for a friend. I met Sonny Sison, the stunt coordinator, who came up to me and said, ‘You’re going to play a power ranger, Spider-Man…’ different characters. So I put on the stuff, it was one of those fake five-dollar masks, then I did the movements and he said, ‘That’s the actual pose!’ And I said I like Power Rangers and I know all the poses so he said, ‘Well, if you’re into Power Rangers, I’m the guy who works for Saban and heads the live entertainment section for Power Rangers.’ I said, ‘Oh! I would love to try that!’ So for three years, I did Comic-Con, birthday parties, whatever it may be. Then two years ago, I heard about auditions for the actor. I googled who the casting director was and found her name, found her email and I emailed her saying I would love to audition for the Power Rangers. I feel like I’d be a good fit. I don’t have an agent, so this is why I’m doing this. I’m not an actor, I’m a stunt man and I’d like to jump in. She says, ‘You know what? You got a good look so come on in.’

My brother and I go in, I get cut after the second audition and he goes all the way to the end. Some stuff happened and he didn’t end up getting it. So this time around, I said I’m going to stick with stunts and you do all the acting and I will double for you. He said okay. For two years we did that and it was really fun. Then we auditioned again because he got the call saying they wanted him back. I go to the auditions with him, I get cut again after the second round and he goes on to do it. And I guess he kept emailing the producer saying, ‘Hey, you need to bring Yoshi back. You haven’t seen enough of him, you haven’t seen his full potential. You really need to see him again.’ The producer says, ‘Fine, we’ll bring him back and put him in this caveman role.’

When my brother told me I got a call back, we looked over the script and thought this character sounds really stupid. I didn’t understand how to do this character so I played it kind of gruffy. After two hours of just reading it, my brother says, ‘Why don’t you play it like a cute little puppy, like an adorable guy?’ I didn’t see it like that, so I played it like that. The next day, we go to the audition and they loved it! But Power Rangers are all about diversity. You can’t have two Asians guys, so they had to choose one or the other. Peter played the other role really well, but it just so happens they couldn’t find anybody else for this role to fit it well, so I ended up getting the role.

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AM: How would you describe your character, Koda?

YS: I first saw this guy as really stupid. We had some acting and stunt training for about a month. Stunt training was easy, acting was a little bit different for me. The acting coach said, ‘I want you to tell me about your character.’ So I told her he’s kind of stupid and funny. She said,’”The first thing you don’t want to do is judge your character. You want to understand him.’ I said okay, he’s funny, kind of out of the water, not understanding of how things are going, he’s super loyal, he’s not the smartest guy but he has a heart of gold. So I think he’s a lot like a guard dog, in a sense that he’s a super sweet, nice little puppy. But as soon as something happens, he’s just on and ready to protect whoever is around him.

 

AM: Do you have other projects or plans for the future?

YS: I have a couple of other projects that I’ve had on my mind. I always wanted to do a Dragon Ball Z live action adaptation, which I was already working on for a while. The production company we were working with ended up taking it into their own hands, recasting and everything even though it was my idea. So, we took our script and moved on. We’ll probably do ours as soon as I get back.

I’m also talking to Strawburry17, a YouTuber named Megan Camarena, and I’ve been working on a bunch of scripts we want to work together with. I think we’re going to try to do something along the idea of a Western web series.

 

AM: Would YouTube be a side job or main focus after Power Rangers?

YS: I think YouTube would probably be a side thing. My brother and I already tried to do Apartment210 for a while and we just couldn’t find enough time for ourselves to do it because we kept working in the industry, which is great, but it’s kind of tough for everybody else who was banking on Apartment210. I definitely have to go back to my roots, like YouTube and social media because it’s a lot of fun to do.

 

AM: Ultimately, what is your career goal?

YS: See, that’s something I’m not quite sure of. I never really [wanted] to be an actor, but I’m finding it a lot of fun to be able to portray these characters. As a stunt guy, you really don’t get much say in anything you do. I love doing action. If anything, I’ll probably go cliche and be an action actor. With the Western that I want to do, it’s going to bring a lot of jobs to Asian Americans, because I’m going to try to bring more Asians into it so I really want that to work out.

 

AM: You also got engaged recently. Congratulations! How’s planning going?

YS: She definitely did a lot, which I feel terrible about. She knows what she wants and I don’t really mind with anything. I actually asked her to marry me when I had nothing. I didn’t have Power Rangers. After I asked her to marry me, I won Wipeout and then got Power Rangers so I said, phew! Thank you, God! She’s actually taking a break from planning because she’s in New Zealand right now with her sister. She’ll probably come visit me in March and then go back to the States.

 

AM: Has it been hard? Do you travel back and forth or are you just staying in New Zealand? 

YS: Just staying in New Zealand. It’s definitely hard. It’s been really tough because it’s such a long job, eight months. This is the longest run I’ve ever been on. We started at the end of August, flew to New Zealand the next week and we were here until December. We had less than a month’s break and then we were back to it again. We’ll be done at the end of May. It’s the longest run I’ve had at any job, so it’s cool, but it sucks that I’m not back home where I can do other things like meeting with other people, other jobs, scripts that I could be working on. But it’s getting my name out there and people could see what I’m capable of because for a while, people thought that Peter and I were pretty boys that don’t do anything else. So I want to prove them wrong.

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Power Ranger onesies for your Mighty, Morphin Poopin’ Machines

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Whether or not you grew up watching the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers fight evil in your PJs, then you will no doubt find these Power Ranger onesies adorable! They’re currently sold out since they were marked down to $5 each for the holiday season, but hopefully they’ll be back in stock next year so you dress your little one in proper Ranger garb.

The Power Ranger onesies were available in red, pink, green, yellow, black, and blue. What, no white Power Ranger?

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“20 RANGERS FOR 20 YEARS”: Artists customize Power Ranger figures for 20th Anniversary art show

Saturday night, Power Rangers fans piled inside tiny Toy Art Gallery on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles.

The event was “20 Rangers for 20 Years,” which brought together 20 artists from across the globe for the 20th anniversary of the franchise. Artists were giving 31″ Power Rangers statues to customize. The results were wildly different, and equally spectacular.

L.A.-based artist J*Ryu went the classical route. His piece, “The Statue of Jason,” was an homage to Michelangelo’s David.

I wanted to pay a tribute to the classic element of what it means to be a Power Ranger,” he says.

J*Ryu noted that he didn’t want to change the look of the Power Ranger too much. In the process of making this piece, though, he had to do a lot of deconstruction and reconstruction. The artist, well-regarded for his work customizing toys, cut apart the original and rebuilt it.

If you notice, it’s static,” he says of the figure. “Everything that wasn’t there before, like the jointing, I had to recreate from scratch.” After that, he added a faux plaster effect. Originally, J*Ryu wanted to make the statue look as though it were cut from marble, but, in the end, he decided to go with a look that hinted at age. “I wanted people to understand that it was a little bit older,” he says.

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Nicolette Davenport, by day a senior graphic designer for Saban Brands, played with age too in her contribution to the show.

It’s just a silly take on a Power Ranger, perhaps 20 years later,” she says of the aging and plump ranger spilling out of a too-small costume. Davenport spent a few weeks on her piece, customizing it in the after-work hours. “It was built off of the original plastic toy,” she says. “From there, I built a structure of styrofoam with toothpicks and crazy glue and hot glue and anything you can think of.

She topped off the piece with plastic clay, clear coating and resin.

Some chose to do mash-up pieces, the most unusual of which came from L.A. artist Josh Mayhem. His piece, called Steam Powered Ranger is actually a Power Rangers/Gundam hybrid. Mayhem frequently uses Gundam modeling kits to customize other toys in his work. “I ordered the biggest Gundam kit I could find,” he says. He used those pieces with some odds and ends leftover from past projects to give his Ranger the look of an oversized, steampunk robot.

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20 Rangers for 20 Years” was curated by Caro (first name only) of Sweet Streets, an artist management company based in Los Angeles with offices in Tokyo. Previously, Caro put together the traveling exhibition, “My Little Pony Project,” where artists customized large My Little Pony figures. Like the previous show, “20 Rangers” focuses on a long-running franchise that has a multi-generational fan base. Inside TAG, grown ups and small children arrived in Power Rangers uniforms. The art show also included a Power Rangers pop-up shop, which brought together merchandise from various sources, including We Love Fine t-shirts, a new collaboration with street wear brand Mishka, limited edition prints from Acme Archives and more. There was also a display of Power Rangers toys throughout the years.

There was a charitable component to the show as well. A portion of the proceeds from “20 Rangers for 20 Years,” which ran at TAG through Sunday, December 8, were going to Challengers Boys and Girls Club. Caro herself volunteers at the Boys and Girls Club. The charitable aspect of the show helped dictate the curation of the work as well.

Because it’s Boys and Girls Club, I wanted it to be an even split of girls and boys,” says Caro of the artists for this show. While the bulk of the figures here were masculine Power Rangers, a couple artists, like Pretty in Plastic and Bei Badgirl, worked with feminized Power Ranger forms.

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Because Sweet Streets is an artist management company that focuses specifically on female artists, some asked Caro why she would do a Power Rangers event, assuming the the TV series and toys were boy-centric. She didn’t see it that way. Caro grew up watching the first round of Power Rangers and cites the Pink and Yellow Rangers as two really strong female leads.

Amy Jo Johnson is one of my idols,” she adds, naming the actress behind the first Pink Ranger, Kimberly Ann Hart. “It’s so great to have grown up with her, the Pink Ranger, and the Yellow Ranger on television.”

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Undoubtedly, the Power Rangers made a significant impact on those who grew up in the 1990s. The tightly packed crowds inside the art gallery was testament to that.

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“20 RANGERS FOR 20 YEARS”: Artists customize Power Ranger figures for 20th Anniversary art show