Power Rangers is becoming the must see movie of 2017 more and more everyday, whether it's the fact that it'll feature the first gay big-screen superhero or the dope soundtrack featuring Twenty One Pilots and Social Distortion, but now we have yet another reason to see the film.
RJ Cyler revealed that his character, Billy the Blue Ranger, is on the Autism Spectrum.
Cyler talked about learning more about Autism in an interview with Screenrant.
“I actually sat down and shut my mouth and actually just listened and you know, accepted every bit of information with no judgement… I knew that it was my job to show, you know, that people that are on the spectrum are just regular people, literally, just how we talk, how me and Becky [Becky G, Yellow Ranger] talk, they feel the same way, they have the same emotions, they wanna be loved, that want people to love, they want relationships they want, you know, connections, and it’s just like I was really excited to be able to play that ’cause I know it means so much to so many people, ’cause all of us are affected by it… and it’s something I feel like we needed to have in this movie to be honest.”
He also opened up about developing his character to feature this trait.
“I just wanted to show a different, like, viewpoint of people that are seen as being on the spectrum, right? Or people diagnosed with Autism, ’cause it’s like I feel like us being outsiders looking in and I take that, I cast my own stone when I say that, ’cause there’s a lot that I didn’t know before.”
The movie officially hits theatres on Mar. 24 and features Bryan Cranston as Zordon and Bill Hader as the voice of Alpha 5.