Maybe in some of the strangest, but at the same time, coolest casting news to come out of the past few weeks, Bryan Cranston is set to play Zordon in next year’s Power Rangers film, the Rangers mentor in the original series who is depicted as a floating held in a cylinder pipe. Maybe it’s just the hope of seeing Bryan Cranston’s floating head talking to the Power Rangers, but it just seemed to continue the kind of zany, awesome news that this movie has been giving us plenty of over the past few months.
While promoting his newest film, The Infiltrator, as well, Cranston talked to Ashley Crossan over at Entertainment Tonight about his role in Power Rangers, and confirmed that his performance will be a mix of “motion capture, a lot of CGI work,” and then briefly explained the character’s backstory and role in the film:
“The tenant of that storyline is that this is a real person who is trapped in this ether-world, and it becomes this in-the-wall so to speak of this lair, this command center. He still has a heart and mind, but an agenda that he’s gotta get these five Power Rangers to defend the Earth, or else everyone they know will be killed.”
He also goes on to give a bit of a cheesy reimagining of a booming Zordon voice as well, proclaiming “Let’s get ready to Ranger!” before noting that he doesn’t want to make his voice “too corny,” in the film and was vague about how he’ll actually be playing the role this time around.
Interestingly enough, as Crossan notes as well, Cranston actually worked on the original Power Rangers series all those years ago, and him returning to the property here does feel a bit like a homecoming in a way. With him playing Zordon though, and Elizabeth Banks playing Rita Repulsa, I really don’t know what to expect from Power Rangers next year, but it’s starting to sound and look weirder than I could have ever imagined it being. Which in the end, might just be the best thing for it too.
The new Power Rangers film is set to hit theatres on March 24th, 2017, a.k.a. the night when all of us will break out our old Morphin’ Time toys once again.
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