The big budget modern day reboot of Power Rangers is set for a 2017 release. The cast and crew are keeping the details of the movie under wraps as much as possible. However Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad, Malcolm in the Middle), who is set to play Zordon has admitted his reluctance to taking the role and shed light on reports that this isn’t his first rodeo where Power Rangers is concerned.
Preliminary reports suggest that the Lionsgate live-action reboot is gearing up to be a smash at the box office next year. This updated imagining seems to be driven by a nostalgic trend and coupled with a huge budget. Director Dean Israelite (Project Almanac) has stated that this is going to be a very much “grounded” reboot, and that no expense has been spared when it came to the new Weta Workshop (LOTR) suit designs.
Bryan Cranston is no stranger to the Power Rangers, he has been credited as having performed various voice-over parts for some of the monsters and reportedly even dressed up in costume for the Saban owned franchise!
Since his casting he has been giving interviews in the build up to the film release on March 24 2017, and has stated that he was uneasy about taking on the role :
“At first I was, to be honest with you, I was reticent to looking at the role because I remember the television series was kind of farcical and silly and ‘pow’ and ‘zow’ — weird movements and things like that. I was like, Oh, OK; I talked to the producer, and he said, ‘Do you know how the Batman television series then transformed into being the Batman movie series — could not be more different from each other. That’s what this is going to be’”
Cranston has also suggested that the Blue Ranger (played by David Yost) was named Billy Cranston after him. In an IGN interview in 2009 Cranston is said to have stated he was not a fan of having the character named after him :
“He’s the fey one. That’s the problem.”
Seven years later and this remark has been all but forgotten except for one of the original Rangers. When asked about his feelings on the Cranston casting, David Yost tweeted :
Not cool. I’m not a fan of homophobes…”
Cranstons remark could have potentially been aimed at both the writers and the actors performance of the character but it’s clear to see that Yost is unhappy about the casting choice. Either way it hasn’t affected the momentum of the Rangers pre-release train. After so many childhood franchises being torn apart for the sake of a quick Hollywood buck let’s hope that this is one reboot which is going to give the fans (old and new) something of worth.
POST SUBMITTED BY: Stuart Luke