Apollo Theatre College graduate James Davies will become New Zealand's first international TV superhero for the series Power Rangers Dino Charge.
North Shore actor James Davies will don a spandex lycra Power Ranger suit when shooting on the show's 10th season begins in Auckland later this year.
As the first Kiwi member of the superhero team, his skateboarding, chilled-out character will wear black. "There's no silver fern or anything, but yeah," the 25-year-old said.
The series, seen in more than 150 countries, features a group of teens who morph into superheroes to save the world from evil.
Davies said he was enthralled by the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers movie as a boy.
He approached the first audition with little expectation, and said things got tenser after several recalls. The production team couldn't resist having a bit of fun with Davies when they phoned him for what he thought was yet another reading. To his amazement, the script ended with a line asking him to open a nearby box - inside was a card reading "James Davies: Congratulations, you are the black Power Ranger".