Steveston morphs into backdrop for Power Rangers movie
20 April 2016
The streets of Richmond’s Steveston Village will morph into a movie set for a big screen adaptation of the Power Rangers. Filming will occur from Monday, April 25 to Thursday, May 19.
“Filming provides significant economic benefits and the City of Richmond is committed to being a film-friendly city,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie. “We are excited to welcome Lionsgate and Saban Brands’ production of the Power Rangers. While filming takes place, Steveston businesses will still be open. We encourage the public to visit the village to enjoy all Steveston has to offer, and, at the same time, catch a glimpse of a major movie shoot.”
The majority of filming activity will take place on Moncton Street between First and Third Avenue. Additional filming will happen on Bayview Street between First and Third Avenue, and at the intersection of Moncton Street and No. 1 Road.
The scope of filming is large and will require road closures and intermittent traffic control each filming day between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. Streets may be opened earlier when filming is completed each day.
Street parking will be limited during filming, however, on busy film days with road closures, free parking for Steveston Village visitors will be provided at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery lot on Chatham Street.
The movie shoot will employ almost 300 local full-time employees for a minimum of five months.
The rebooted Power Rangers film stars Elizabeth Banks as arch-villain Rita Repulsa, along with new Power Rangers Dacre Montgomery, Ludi Lin, RJ Cyler, Naomi Scott and Becky G. The movie, set to be released in 2017, is based on the popular 1990s children's television show, where normal teenagers turn into brightly coloured superheroes that fight to save the world from evil.