Production is currently underway for the new Power Rangers movie, but that still hasn’t stopped the casting process. As we know, the five new Power Rangers will be played by five youthful newcomers, while the villain, Rita Repulsa, will be played by Elizabeth Banks. In the TV series of the same name, the five Power Rangers were mentored by Zordon, a great being of incredible power, and now we know who will play him. Breaking Bad‘s Bryan Cranston will be Zordon.
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Those familiar with Zordon would know that he was the one who gave the Power Rangers the ability to transform into the title characters and summon their Dinozords. He was a prominent figure throughout the series, and even its first film in 1995. While it may sound like a joke, it’s actually very real, as Cranston confirmed the news over his personal Twitter account earlier today. Here it is.
A little background on the character – Zordon and Rita had engaged in battle 10,000 years prior to the events of Power Rangers. Rita was imprisoned in a dumpster, which was deeply buried in the Earth’s moon, while Zordon was trapped in a time warp. With the assistance of Alpha-5, they built the Command Center outside the city of Angel Grove. When Rita was freed from her prison, Zordon and Alpha-5 recruited Jason, Zack, Billy, Trini, and Kimberly to become the Power Rangers to defend the Earth against Rita and her monsters.
The official Power Rangers‘ Twitter account also confirmed the casting, along with a little trivia about Cranston and how he shares a name with a certain blue ranger.
The film also stars singer Becky G as Yellow Ranger Trini, Ludi Lin (Monster Hunt) as Black Ranger Zack, newcomer Dacre Montgomery as Red Ranger Jason, Naomi Scott (Lemonade Mouth) as Pink Ranger Kimberly, and RJ Cyler (Me And Earl And The Dying Girl) as Blue Ranger Billy. And some more fun trivia, Cranston actually voiced two monsters in separate episodes of the original TV series.
Based on the teaser image of the team that was released, it looks like the Power Rangers won’t deviate too far from their original TV counterparts. However, Rita will get a new look, so it should be fun to see what Zordon will look like in the film.
Directed by Dean Israelite (Project Almanac), Power Rangers is set to open in theaters on March 24th, 2017
[Source: Bryan Cranston Twitter | Power Rangers Twitter]