Bryan Cranston has signed up to appear in the new Power Rangers film as the superheroes’ leader Zordon.
The announcement was made from the official Power Rangers account, stating “The mighty Zordon has officially been cast. Please welcome Bryan Cranston to the Power Rangers Movie.”
— Power Rangers (@PowerRangers) June 21, 2016
Zordon is a disembodied head floating in a tube who leads and trains The Power Rangers. Cranston joins Elizabeth Banks in the cast. She plays arch-villain Rita Repulsa in the film, due out in March 2017.
The rebooted Power Rangers is the first film since a pair of movies were released in the mid 1990s, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie and Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie.
The Power Rangers themselves will be played by Life Bites’ Naomi Scott, US teen rapper Becky G plus newcomers Dacre Montgomery, Ludi Lyn and RJ Cyler. Its director is Dean Israelite, who directed Project Almanac. Israelite had been due to direct Doctor Strange, but was replaced by Scott Derrickson.
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers began in 1993 as one of the cartoons to launch the Fox Kids network, taking much of its footage from the Japanese original Super Sentai.
Cranston will next be seen in The Intruder, as 1980s undercover drugs agent Robert Mazur opposite John Legiuzamo, Benjamin Bratt, Jason Isaacs and Daniel Mays.