Still pow­er­ing on

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Film - Ju­lian Wright

ORIG­I­NAL red Power Ranger Ja­son David Frank, from the Mighty Mor­phin Power Rangers series, will stand in line for next year’s movie along with other fans of the fran­chise.

Hype has be­gun for the film, with an im­age of star El­iz­a­beth Banks in cos­tume and make-up as vil­lain Rita Repulsa was re­cently re­vealed on­line ahead of the film’s 2017 re­lease and Frank is wait­ing with bated breath.

“The movie is go­ing to be huge; it is in the top 10 most an­tic­i­pated films next year,” he said.

“It is very top se­cret but Liz Banks as Rita looks amaz­ing.

“I have to wait to see with ev­ery­one else.”

Since don­ning the red power ranger cos­tume as Tommy Oliver in 1993, the Power Rangers have been a huge part of his life.

Frank has racked up ap­pear­ances in 225 episodes and two films in that time.

He said there was no way to tell 23 years ago that he would still be talk­ing about it now. “Who knew?” he said. “I didn’t think 20 years ago that I would be here, but I have al­ways fo­cused on to­day and not the fu­ture. I live now.”

Now the ac­tor, mar­tial artist and in­ductee of the World Karate Union Hall of Fame will travel to Aus­tralia this month as part of Su­panova Pop Cul­ture Expo.

Su­panova Pop Cul­ture Expo will be at Perth Con­ven­tion and Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre, June 24-26.

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Orig­i­nal red Power Ranger Ja­son David Frank.

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