Almost a Ranger
101. Audri DuBois
Role: Trini Kwan (originally "Trini Crystal") / Mighty Morphin Yellow
How close was she? Audri filmed the pilot before the show got retooled and she was let go.
Why she was let go: She decided not to take the risk and drop everything for the show.
Trivia: If you look closely at the final version of Day of the Dumpster, you'll see a shot of Audri's Trini while everyone is outside the Command Center.
7.82. Dan Southworth
Role: Adam Park / Mighty Morphin Black
How close was he? He had gotten far enough in the audition process to actually meet the actors who made the show.
Why he was turned down: According to reports, there were multiple locations for auditions, and the casting director didn't like the finalists from the other locations.
Role: Chad Lee / Lightspeed Blue
How close was he? Unknown, but he won the role of the Quantum Ranger the following year.
Why was he turned down? According to Dan, he was "too intense" for the role.
Trivia: Dan actually did portray Adam during the live show, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers World Tour Live on Stage. In fact, he pretty much became a regular suit performer for any live appearance, and wore several different suits over several years.
Dan also auditioned for yet ANOTHER character that he's never really talked about.
9.33. Catherine Sutherland
How close was she? Unknown.
Why she was turned down: They thought she looked too young for the part. However, when Amy Jo decided to depart, she got a better gig on the show.
7.24. Mariska Hargitay
How close was she: Mariska filmed several scenes. However, according to various cast members, the directer wasn't very professional and a lot of things were changed, scrapped and re-filmed.
Why she was let go: Her scenes were some of the ones that weren't liked, so they brought back the original actress, who had to drop out prior to shooting.
75. Erin Simms
7.36. Summer Glau
Role: Unknown Pink Ranger
How close was she: Supposedly, it was down to her and the girl who actually got the role.
Why she was turned down: Specifics unknown.
87. Ricardo Medina Jr.
Role: Eric Myers / Quantum Ranger
How close was he? He was up against Dan Southworth, how close do you think he was?
Why he was turned down? He thinks it's because he was too "egotistical," but that may not be the official reason.
Trivia: Rick may have auditioned for an earlier season, as well.
6.58. Sandra McCoy
Role: Alyssa Enrile / Wild Force White
How close was she: Apparently she actually won the role.
Why she was let go: According to reports, Koichi Sakamoto demanded a character that his wife could double for, thus she was given the role of Kendall instead.
Trivia: Fox Kids actually released a promo with Sandra's voice over the White Ranger, but no live action footage seems to have been filmed while she was in the role.
109. Natasha Allas
7.210. Emma Lahana
Role: Tori Hanson / Blue Wind Ranger
How close was she? Close enough that the people in charge remembered her.
Why she was turned down: She just didn't fit the role, but was brought back to audition for Kira the following year. And won.
011. Eliana Saenz
Role: Ronny Robinson / Overdrive Yellow
How close was she: The final four
Why she was turned down: Unknown.
Role: "Sadie" / Samurai Pink
How close whas she?
Why she was turned down:
Trivia: Eliana previously had a small, speaking role in SPD's Katastrophe prior to auditioning for a starring role.
512. David de Lautour
Role: Tyzonn / Mercury Ranger (Operation Overdrive)
How close was he?
Why he was turned down: Unknown, but he auditioned for R.J. the next year... and got it.
Source for his Tyzonn audition.
013. Heidi Kathy Bradhurt
Role: "Kayla" / RPM Yellow
How close was she: Obviously she lost the role before the name changed.
Why she was turned down: It's not known if she did indeed win the role, or it was just wishful thinking on her and/or her agent's part.
014. Kimberley Crossman
Role: Unknown R.P.M. Character
Show close was she? Unknown, but came back and earned the role of Lauren the following season.
Why she was turned down: Unknown.
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