Thanks to gaijINside, it looks like Samurai Sentai Shinkenger has been discovered as the new Power Rangers series.
Looks like the one vote in the poll got it right.
So here is the descriptions of the cast in the call to actors:
Special Notes: LOCATION: ALL TALENT must be willing to relocate to New Zealand for approx. 6 -8 months. Must have valid or current passport with at least one (1) year left before renewal or able to get one.
ALL OF THE FOLLOWING POWER RANGER ROLES are a group of teens 18-23 years to play 15-19 years. They are all nice looking, charismatic, energetic, outgoing and confident. They must have SUPER HERO LOOKS with average height and in great physical condition. Martial arts or gymnastics a big plus:
[ RED RANGER – REESE ]
Caucasian male, 18 – 23 to play 17-19 years. Reese is an attractive young man with super hero looks and a slim athletic build, approx 5′10″. Natural leader, reserved quiet and mysterious.
Martial arts a plus.
[ GREEN RANGER – PARRY ]
All ethnicity Male, 18 to 23 to play 17-19. He has good looks and a strong slim build. He is approx. 5′6″ – 5′9″, He is a rebel, street smart He is very creative and not afraid to think outside the box.
[ BLUE RANGER – BARON ]
Could be any ethnicity Male, 18 to early twenties to play 16-19 years. He is a handsome athletic man with honorable intentions. Approx. 5′6″ – 5′10″ with a slightly thinner build. Extremely disciplined, punctual, ‘military’ square. *Martial arts ability is required.
[ PINK RANGER – SADIE ]
Any ethnicity, 18 to 23 to play 16 to 19 years. 5′4″-5′6. She is beautiful, sophisticated, intelligent and confident. She tends to be the older sister type. Motherly. She is very intuitive and genuinely cares about others.
[ YELLOW RANGER – AVA ]
Any ethnicity, 18 to early twenties to play 14 to 16 years of age. 5′2″- 5′5″. Very cute, sweet, positive and very naïve small town girl. She is the baby sister that everyone looks after.
[ GOLD RANGER – WESLEY ]
Any ethnicity male, 18 – 23 to play 17-19 years. He is on the slim side – 5′7″ – 5′10″. He is over animated, funny and affectionate, a Jim Carrey type but with no ego. He is a guy who grew up in the streets and is self taught fighter and a self taught computer programmer. Must have great comedic body movements.
[ PRINCESS – MEGAN ]
Any ethnicity female, 18 to early twenties to play 16 to 19 years of age. height 5′4″- 5′6″. good looking, cold and aloof. She is a princess with blue blood lineage. She is very brave and maintains her courage under difficult circumstances.
So it’s the Shinkengers. Looks like the princess character will probably be the eventual female ShinkenRed. Maybe we’ll actually get a scene or two with both Red Rangers in it (take that, Shinkenger).
Still, looks like it’s back to New Zealand, which is kind of a downer. I just like the idea of PR being stateside again. Maybe in the future.
At least in the casting call, the crew is trying to be multinational. Except for the Red Ranger, of course (poor TJ). Particularly interesting will be the Green Ranger, who is to be “all ethnicity.” Talk about a mutt.
All in all, I am excited. Samurai Sentai Shinkenger had a neat fighting motif. The monsters were great. I don’t care for most of the mech usage outside of the original Samurai Oh and the final Samurai Haoh, but that’s fine. It’s not one of my favorite series (too late for Gekiranger and I doubt they’ll go backwards for Jetman), but I think it’ll hold up well.
Not looking forward to next year’s Goseiger adaptation unless they pull a serious Power Rangers RPM.