Auckland actor James Davies is taking centre stage in the latest series of Power Rangers Dino Charge.
The new season of the iconic Power Rangers show premiered in the US in February, introducing Aucklander Davies as one of the 5 core Rangers, Chase the Black Power Ranger.
In the upcoming episode, "Breaking Black," airing this week in the US, the story behind the New Zealand Ranger and how he comes to receive his Energem is revealed.
A main storyline for the season also centres on a visit to New Zealand and will feature Auckland landmarks for the first time.
This top-rated and long-running kids' live-action television franchise has long had a strong New Zealand connection having been produced in Auckland for more than 10 years.
While many of New Zealand's well-known actors have been featured in the series in the past, the current season is the first time a New Zealand actor has played a New Zealand character with a recognisable kiwi accent.
Watch a clip of the episode here:
The show is followed by millions of fans in more than 150 countries.
Brett O'Riley, chief executive of Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) says the production of the show has has been a cornerstone of the region's $700 million-a-year screen production industry.
"It is fantastic to have Auckland's outstanding range of locations, and now our acting talent, captured in the newest season of the iconic series."
O'Riley says the production employs several hundred full and part-time crew, cast and extras, and companies across Auckland for products and services including accommodation, building and materials, camera rental equipment, and rental cars and trucks.
Kiwi fans will have to wait a little longer to see the new live-action New Zealand character on screen.