Aye-yi-yi! Comedy voice-legend Bill Hader is on board to play Alpha 5 in the upcoming Power Rangers reboot. Read more after the jump.
The Power Rangers marketing machine is in fully swing. Things got off to a rocky start when Elizabeth Banks‘ Rita Repulsa was revealed. Fans of the original tv series weren’t too crazy about the reptilian new look. Fortunately the snazzy new posters featuring the rangers and their Zords made people forget about it. Slowly but surely the cast is revealed as well. Bryan Cranston was revealed along with Banks to be starring as holy-head-in-a-tube Zordon. The positive response to Zordon and the sheepish response to Bank’s Repulsa proves one thing. Power Rangers fans want things the way they were, but better! But still, you know, the way they were. Now they’re closer to getting it than ever. News just dropped that Alpha 5 will be making an appearance voiced by an actor who’s all too familiar with sci-fi franchises.
— Power Rangers (@ThePowerRangers) 22 September 2016
Screenrant is reporting that unstoppable funny-man Bill Hader will be stepping into the role of Alpha 5.
If you’re not familiar with the original show, or you’re a little foggy on the nineties, here’s a breakdown. Alpha 5 was a robot that assisted the Rangers on their zany adventures. He mainly assisted by hanging out with Zordon, waving his arms around and screaming “Aye-yi-yi”. He also panicked a lot, hence the aye-yi-yi-ing. Despite being pretty unhelpful he was a freaking hoot and a fond favourite of power rangers fans. The news that he’s even featuring in the film is a plus. Throw in a comedy heavyweight like Hader and things are looking way up for Power Rangers.
Hader has been showing up all over the place recently in voice roles. In 2015 he stole the show as BB-8 in Star Wars The Force Awakens, not to mention playing Fear in Inside Out. In 2016 alone he did voice work in 4 movies: Bloodbottler in The BFG, Stan in Finding Dory, Leonard in Angry Birds and a whole mess of characters in Sausage Party. Hader played a big part in making those films great despite them not all being smash hits (sorry BFG, not sorry Angry Birds). If he can nail Alpha 5 he could have another voice-acting home-run for 2017.
There’s definitely a strong smell of comedy coming from the Power Rangers camp. The latest set of Zord posters show they’re not taking themselves too seriously. Adding Hader to the mix is a clear sign that you want to up the funny. Hopefully the script will give him enough room to strut his stuff.
Power Rangers hits theaters March 24th, 217. Watch this space for all the latest Power Rangers movie news.
The star and director of Pitch Perfect has been confirmed for the cast of the upcoming Power Rangers movie as Rita Repulsa.
Power Rangers is one of those peculiar 90’s franchises were you’re not totally sure if they’re good or not. I mean, you know it’s not good, but you daren’t say it out loud say for fear of a twenty-something slapping you across the mouth. So it’s hard to gauge whether or not a movie adaptation is something we really want to be shouting about. But now we’ve got some casting and character news, and things aren’t looking quite so worrying. Not only do we know that the rangers will be taking on old villain favourite Rita Repulsa, but we also know that Elizabeth Banks will be taking on the role. Continue reading Elizabeth Banks to play Rita Repulsa in Power Rangers
Adi Shankar made a Power Rangers short. It’s great, and you should watch it. Let me tell you why.
You don’t have to be Oscar-nominated to have a short film worth watching. All you have to is find something in the centre of the ven diagram of “films that studios will never make” and “films that fans desperately want to be made”. One film-maker who’s gotten very good at hitting that particular sweet spot is Adi Shankar. He’s gotten into a very good habit of making bootleg reboots of famous characters and universes in ten to twenty minute bursts. This is the perfect amount of time, because it satisfies the fan’s desire for a violent, gritty take on their favourite characters, but doesn’t go on long enough to disappoint them. He’s done this with Judge Dredd, the Punisher, Venom, and now – out of freaking nowhere – the Power Rangers. Here’s the short as reported on by Screenrant:
The short stars James Van Der Beek as Red Power Ranger Rocky DeSantos, Katee Sackhoff as Pink Power Ranger Kimberley Hart Russ Bain as Green Power Ranger Tommy Oliver. For a short, the story is very involved and rich, but doesn’t fall into the trap of taking itself too seriously…you’re allowed to think it’s silly without the whole thing crumbling down around you and that’s what’s great about it.
Shankar is more commonly recognisable as a connoisseur of high-violence, directing features such as Machine Gun Preacher, The Grey, and Dredd: all films that weren’t so popular with critics but were undeniably unique in their aspiration for an R-rating. Shankar’s most valuable commodity is his understanding that violence and mania need not be taken seriously all the time to be done well. This can most effectively be shown by his work in 2014, between Liam Neeson drama A Walk Among the Tombstones and Ryan Reynolds black comedy The Voices.
A feature length reboot of Power Rangers is in fact in the works with a screenplay penned by Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz, so it will be interesting to see where on the barometer of seriousness it decides to fall. But after seeing this short, they’ve definitely got their work cut out for them.