The highly anticipated “Power Rangers” film is breaking new ground. The big-budget film will be the first superhero movie to feature a lead character as an LGBTQ teen.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Trini (the Yellow Ranger, played by Becky G) talks about having trouble in her love life, a fellow character assumes she’s talking about “boyfriend problems” before realizing that she actually means “girlfriend problems.”
Director Dean Israelite says Trini’s scene is a “pivotal” one: “For Trini, really she’s questioning a lot about who she is. She hasn’t fully figured it out yet. I think what’s great about that scene and what that scene propels for the rest of the movie is, ‘That’s okay.’ The movie is saying, ‘That’s okay,’ and all of the kids to own who they are and find their tribe.”
David Yost, who starred as the Blue Ranger in the 1990’s “Power Rangers” television series, ultimately quit the show after he received harassment about his sexual orientation. “They really stepped up to plate,” he says about the new film. “I think so many people in the LGBTQ community are going to be excited to see that representation.”
“Power Rangers” hits theatres on Friday, March 23.