Lionsgate’s Power Rangers reboot started production in late February, with most of the primary cast members already announced before shooting began. With shooting still under way, the reboot made a big announcement last week confirming that Bryan Cranston will portray Zordon in this movie. While the character has roots in the original series, many fans weren’t sure how he would be portrayed in this new reboot, but today we have new details from Bryan Cranston himself.
While promoting his new thriller The Infiltrator, Bryan Cranston spoke about playing Zordon for the first time in a new interview with Entertainment Tonight. The actor confirmed that he will portray Zordon through motion capture, while shedding new light on how he fits into the story. Take a look at what he had to say below.
“It’s motion capture and it’s a lot of CGI work. The tenet 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 [the command center]. 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. It’s exciting.”
In the original series, Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers, Zordon battled with the nefarious Rita Repulsa (Elizabeth Banks), where Rita trapped Zordon in a time warp, while Zordon sends Rita and her minions away to a dumpster on the moon. Zordon established a command center outside of Angel Grove, California, with the help of his robot assistant Alpha 5, which ultimately lead to the creation of the Power Rangers. In the original series, Zordon was portrayed as a hologram, but we don’t know if the reboot will take a different approach.
The Power Rangers cast includes Becky G as Yellow Ranger Trini, Ludi Lin as Black Ranger Zack, Dacre Montgomery as Red Ranger Jason, Naomi Scott as Pink Ranger Kimberly, and RJ Cyler as Blue Ranger Billy, who will do battle with Elizabeth Banks’ Rita Repulsa. This new update of the Power Rangers TV show follows five ordinary high school kids 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 that they are the only ones who can save the planet. But to do so they will have to overcome their real-life issues and band together as the Power Rangers before it is too late. Take a look at Bryan Cranston’s video interview below, and stay tuned for more on Power Rangers, which is set for release on March 24, 2017.