It’s a pretty great time to be a “Power Rangers” fan. While it’s been known for some time that Elizabeth Banks would be causing serious trouble as the villainous Rita Repulsa, we’ve been left wondering for months who would step into Zordon’s floating head, and it looks like we finally have our answer: Bryan Cranston. The “Breaking Bad” Emmy winner has lined up the iconic role of the Power Rangers’ mentor, who happens to be the longtime adversary of Banks’ evildoer. The actor announced the casting on Twitter.
Ever since leaving Walter White behind, Cranston has lined up a series of committed roles in historical dramas like “All The Way” and “Trumbo,” which earned him his first Oscar nomination for Best Actor, but we’ll see a whole new side of him when he steps into the role of Zordon, who appears in the Power Rangers universe as a floating head-like hologram (think Marlon Brando in “Superman”). The casting marks the return of Cranston to the Power Rangers world, as he voiced numerous characters on the original TV show.
Currently titled “Power Rangers,” the reboot is set for release on March 24, 2017. “Project Almanac” director Dean Israelite is helping the project, while the eponymous heroes will be played by Dacre Montgomery, Becky G, Ludi Lin, Naomi Scott and “Me and Earl and The Dying Girl” breakout RJ Cyler.