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The upcoming Power Rangers reboot movie has come under some flack recently for its controversially redesigned costumes and character designs. On the other hand, everyone was behind the recent announcement that none other than Bryan Cranston would be playing that benevolent head in a jar Zordon in the movie. Those casually interested in the film were excited to see an actor of Cranston’s calibre lend a bit of gravitas to this potentially goofy production. Fans, meanwhile, appreciated his casting as a nod to the actor’s history with the franchise. Before he was famous, Cranston did a lot of voice work for the show’s first incarnation, Might Morphin’ Power Rangers. Original Blue Ranger Billy Cranston was even named after him!
In a new interview with Entertainment Today, Cranston has elaborated on his new take on the role, including the methods used to realize the character and what angle they will be taking with him. Take a look at the video below.
“It’s motion capture, and it’s a lot of CGI-work,” explains Cranston in the video. “The tenant of that storyline is that this a real person who is trapped in this etherworld and it becomes this in-the-wall so to speak of this lair… the command centre. He still has a heart and mind, but an agenda that he’s got to get these five Power Rangers to defend the earth or else everyone they know will be killed. So it’s exciting.”
Zordon was played in the show by David Fielding and Robert L Manahan. In Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers: The Movie, he was portrayed by Nicholas Bell. In the new film, Cranston joins Elizabeth Banks as the villainous Rita Repulsa and a young cast including Dacre Montgomery, Naomi Scott, RJ Cyler, Becky G and Ludi Lun. They will play the Red, Pink, Blue, Yellow and Black Rangers, respectively. Power Rangers will morph onto cinema screens on 24th March 2017.
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