Being a Power Ranger isn't as easy as it looks. You think that Dinozoids, Power Coins and taking orders from a giant disembodied head with a pet robot automatically makes you capable of fighting a horn-hatted space witch with an comically-evil laugh?
Unfortunately, you need to be in tip-top fighting order to wear a spandex onesie with a dinosaur-inspired helmet — which, for the new cast of the Power Rangers movie reboot, means hitting the gym for the purpose of performing their own action sequences.
Castmates Dacre Montgomery (who plays the Red Ranger), Becky Gomez (who plays the Yellow Ranger), Ludi Lin (the Black Ranger) and RJ Cyler (the Blue Ranger) all posted videos and pics of their workout regimens on Instagram, as first reported and compiled by MovieWeb. The videos showcase the actors pumping iron, roundhouse kicking and practicing what appears to be some intense swordplay with a punching bag (Naomi Scott, who plays the Pink Ranger, is the only one without any training vids uploaded to her Instagram; the actor has only has three photos uploaded on her page to date).
As per Montgomery's most recent video post, training might have already been wrapped — if not for all of the cast, then at least some of them. The actor thanked his trainers in the post's caption.
"... I've come so far in the last few months and still have so much to learn and space to grow," stated Montgomery.
So, why all the work?
Later iterations of the Power Rangers series aside, the original American TV version of the Japanese franchise (known as the Super Sentai series) had its cast perform minimal stunt work, splicing action-packed footage from the Saban-produced parent show, showing the Rangers in climactic full-on battle mode against each minion their arch-nemesis Rita Repulsa threw their way in almost every — if not every — episode.
Unlike their predecessors, the cast for the upcoming 2017 movie will have a lot more physical work, even if stunt doubles end up being hired to handle the more dangerous stuff. Besides, when one of your Big Bads is none other than Elizabeth Banks, who confirmed signing on to play Rita only a week ago, you're going to need all the help you can get. She's only the secondary villain of the film — Banks will play second fiddle to Scorpina, one of Rita's presumably former minions (as of now, there is no word on who will play Baddie Numera Una).
The Power Rangers reboot is scheduled to be released in theaters on March 24, 2017.
Check out the cast of the upcoming Power Rangers flick getting pumped in a few of the their Insta' video clips and photos below, courtesy of MovieWeb.
A video posted by Becky Gomez (@iambeckyg) on Feb 2, 2016 at 8:45pm PST
Ranger nation get ready for one crazy time!!!! Billy C checking in (blue ranger) ITS ABOUT TO GO DOWN "Kevin Hart" face #rangernation #RJCYLER #nuggetnation #blueranger #blue A photo posted by Ronald Cyler (@rj_cyler) on Feb 4, 2016 at 11:57am PST
A video posted by Ludi Lin (@ludilin) on Jan 24, 2016 at 12:07pm PST
Last training session today! Massive shoutout and a huge thank you to the guys down @waimaclub Phil, Andrew and Graham. It's been an incredible journey and I've come so far in the last few months and still have so much to learn and space to grow. I feel honoured to have been trained by you guys, such an inspiration! Time to get cracking #redranger
A video posted by Dacre Montgomery (@dacremontgomery) on Feb 5, 2016 at 6:57pm PST