Power Rangers is shaping up to be one of the biggest films of 2017, and part of the excitement has to do with the talented cast the film employs.
That certainly includes Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad, Godzilla), who will be voicing the role of the Rangers mentor Zordon. While fans were ecstatic at the casting, they were also a bit surprised, but if you know his history with the Power Rangers it is probably less so. Cranston actually got some of his earliest voice over work thanks to Haim Saban's Power Rangers, and it's partly why he decided to take the role of Zordon.
Still, gratitude wasn't going to be enough on its own. In an interview with IGN, Cranston explains what ultimately swayed him to take the part. “I thought, ‘Power Rangers? It’s kind of the [1960s] Batman television show - Pow! Zing! Whap!' And I had a phone call with the director and he said, ‘Think of it this way… Like Batman came from TV and became a completely different animal in the movies, so too is it here. We’re going to take this and revamp it and it’s going to be grounded and real.’ And I thought ‘Okay, with that, let me read it.’”
Fortunately, it didn't take long after reading the script to come around. “I read it and went ‘You’re right,’” Cranston continued. “The kids sound like real kids and not everyone is this great athlete and everything is working out. I thought, 'This might be a nice bookend to what I was doing before,' since I started out doing voices.”
The Rangers look to Zordon for guidance, a role that is frustrating at times and rewarding at others. “He is a frustrated mentor of these kids. They’re not advancing as I’d hoped. Some of them are not taking this seriously, the responsibility that has been placed upon them or that they have been chosen for. And yet, you’re a mentor. It’s almost like being a coach. You want to break down the individuality of them so that they can grow as a team.”
“Saban’s Power Rangers follows five ordinary teens who must become something extraordinary when they learn that their small town of Angel Grove - and the world - is on the verge of being obliterated by an alien threat. Chosen by destiny, our heroes quickly discover they are the only ones who can save the planet. But to do so, they will have to overcome their real-life issues and before it’s too late, band together as the Power Rangers.”
Power Rangers stars Bryan Cranston (Zordon), Elizabeth Banks (Rita Repulsa), Naomi Scott (Kimberly/Pink Ranger), David Denman (Sam Scott), Becky G. (Trini/Yellow Ranger), Sarah Grey (Amanda), RJ Cyler (Billy Cranston/Blue Ranger), Emily Maddison (Rebecca), Ludi Lin (Zack Taylor/Black Ranger), and Dacre Montgomery (Jason Lee Scott/Red Ranger).
Power Rangers is set to land in theaters on March 24, 2017.
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