The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers are getting back together for a written Netflix special to celebrate the show’s 30th anniversary, it was reported by Entertainment Weekly on Wednesday.
The program, aptly named Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Once & Always, will star Billy in his original Blue Ranger suit and the original Black Ranger Zack Walter Emanuel Jones. David Yost, Karan Ashley (the Yellow Ranger Aisha), Johnny Yong Bosch (the Black Ranger Adam), Steve Cardenas (the Red Ranger Rocky) from Season 2, and Catherine Sutherland (the Pink Ranger Rita from Season 3) from Season 3. (second Pink Ranger Kat).
“Our Ranger family runs deep,” Jones said to EW. Yost, who starred as the Ranger for the longest amount of time, said that seeing his co-stars again was “amazing.” “We went through the audition process together and launched the Power Rangers franchise,” Yost recalled to EW. “It was such a surreal experience to be on the set of Power Rangers again after 28 years.”
Voice actors Barbara Goodson (Rita Repulsa) and Richard Horvitz (Alpha 5/Power Rangers robot) will appear in the program as well. Charlie Kersh joins the cast as Minh, the daughter of the first Yellow Ranger, Trini. (In 2001, at the age of 27, actor Thuy Trang, who played Trini, was killed in a vehicle accident.)
In the special, viewers will see the Rangers come “face to face with a familiar threat from the past. In the midst of a global crisis, they are called on once again to be the heroes the world needs. Inspired by the legendary mantra from the franchise ‘Once a Ranger, Always a Ranger,’ Once & Always reminds everyone when you become a Ranger, you are always a part of the Ranger family and always welcome,” according to EW.
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Amy Jo Johnson, the original Pink Ranger, and Jason David Frank, the original Green Ranger Tommy (who committed suicide in November), were noticeably absent from the casting announcement.
Frank died at age 49, and his former co-star Jones sent the following statement to PEOPLE in his honor: “Jason was one of the biggest pranksters on the show. He had a wild sense of humor. We had our share of ups and downs, but I stayed consistent about being an ear if he needed one.” To which Jones, 51, remarked, “My prayers go out to his family and all that will miss him. May he rest in Power.” It is not known if Trang and Frank will be honored in the special.
Entertainment Weekly confirmed on Wednesday that the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers would reunite for a scripted Netflix special to mark the show’s 30th anniversary.
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