Bryan Cranston is a genius choice to play Zordon in the upcoming Power Rangers movie reboot, but also a surprising one. The Breaking Bad star was just nominated for an Oscar for his turn in Trumbo, and now he’s playing a floating head who mentors a bunch of ninja teenagers as they fight alien threats? Even Cranston himself admits he was “reticent” to even consider the role, but in a new interview with The Huffington Post, the actor explained what morphed his decision.
“I wasn’t really high on it until I talked to the producer and read the script and talked to the director,” said Cranston, who had actually voiced two villains on the original TV series. “After that I went, ‘This is different. This is as different a reimagining as the [1960s’] Batman television series as it became the [Dark Knight] movie series.’ You can’t compare those two, and nor can you compare this movie version of the Power Rangers to that television series. It’s unrecognizable for the most part. There are tenets of the folklore that you hold onto for sure, but the inspiration is different, and the sensibility of it, and the approach to the film making is completely different.”
Cranston went on to say that though the film will indeed be “grittier” than the “pow and zow” of the show, it won’t be as brutal as Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy, either. He noted that the film obviously deals with teenagers, “so the appropriateness of that, and real teenage life, and going through high school and the cliques and the popularity or lack thereof, and the bullies and all the different sections and sub-sections of high school life, and the insecurities of these kids and things like that — hopes and dreams — and you embrace all of that into a retelling of the Power Rangers. And what you would get is this new version, this new reimagined version.”
Everything we’ve seen so far from the film — from the first pictures of Elizabeth Banks as villain Rita Repulsa to the first teaser poster — has certainly hinted that Lionsgate/Summit are looking for a less cartoonish adaptation of the classic kids’ program. We’ll see what that means when Dacre Montgomery, RJ Cyler, Naomi Scott, Becky G, and Ludi Lin suit up as the Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers on March 24th, 2017.