Bryan Cranston’s Head Will Play Zordon In The Power Rangers Movie
OK, Power Rangers, you have our attention. Breaking Badactor Bryan Cranston announced yesterday that he will be making his triumphant return to the Power Rangers franchise as galactic guru Zordon in the upcoming big screen reboot.
It’s not known what form Cranston’s Zordon will take in Dean Israelite’s Power Rangers—and judging by some of the film’s updated costume designs, it really could be anything—but he’s usually projected as a giant floating head. As the creator and mentor of the Power Rangers, Zordon wants nothing more than to take down his adversary, alien villainess Rita Repulsa, who will be played by Elizabeth Banks in the film. So yes, this movie is now Cranston vs. Banks and oh my god we couldn’t be anymore excited.
— Bryan Cranston (@BryanCranston) June 21, 2016
Cranston voiced several characters in the original 90s series, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. “One of my jobs as a young actor starting out was voiceover,” he told IGN back in 2009. “I also did dubbing… So foreign films would come in and I’d go in. One of the places that did a lot of that was Saban Entertainment. And they would take movies and then cartoons from all over the world and we’d go and do the English dub. And the Power Rangers came in, and I did some voices for that… And it paid like $50.00 an hour, which was fantastic. And you’d work two, three hours at least a day.”
Joining Cranston on Team Power Rangers are Becky G (Trini/Yellow Ranger), Naomi Scott (Kimberly/Pink Ranger), Ludi Lin (Zack/Black Ranger), Me, Earl and the Dying Girlscene-stealer RJ Cyler (Billy/Blue Ranger), and newcomer Dacre Montgomery (Jason/Red Ranger).
Screenwriters Zack Stentz and Ashley Miller (X-Men: First Class) wrote the screenplay for Power Rangers, which will follow a group of misfit Angel Grove High School students as they find themselves infused with extraterrestrial powers and must harness those powers to save the world from alien threats. No pressure, right?
— Dacre Montgomery (@dacremontgomery) June 21, 2016
Given this latest casting, we’re happy that Power Rangers is actually going back to the franchise’s roots. Sure, the costumes might look different, but its heart (and floating head!) is in the right place.
Update: Feast your eyes on the very vertical first poster.