Exactly two months after Power Rangers director Dean Israelite confirmed that the fan-favorite character Alpha 5 will return, Lionsgate has revealed who will voice this character. The studio announced on Twitter that Bill Hader has come aboard to provide the voice for the beloved robot. It's possible we may get our first look at Alpha 5 next month, when the first footage is unveiled.
Lionsgate announced earlier this week that Power Rangers cast and crew will descend upon New York Comic Con for a special Q&A and panel presentation Saturday, October 8 at 2 PM ET at The Theater at Madison Square Garden. The studio hasn't confirmed which cast members will be present at the panel, but they also revealed new posters that feature each of the main characters' Dinozords, the massive robots each Power Ranger can pilot.
Unfortunately, the Twitter post only included a photo of the actor, and not what this new version of Alpha 5 may look like. In the original series, Alpha 5 was the robotic helper to the Power Rangers' mentor, Zordon, who will be voiced by Bryan Cranston. Throughout the various Power Rangers series, Alpha 5 was always a light-hearted presence who often provided much comic relief, and with the casting of Bill Hader, this character may not change too much from its original incarnations.
The New Rangers include Dacre Montgomery (Jason the Red Ranger), Naomi Scott (Kimberley the Pink Ranger), RJ Cyler (Billy the Blue Ranger), Ludi Lin (Zach the Black Ranger), and Becky G (Trini the Yellow Ranger). The cast also includes Elizabeth Banks as the villainous Rita Repulsa. Dean Israelite (Project Almanac) is directing from a script by John Gatins (Flight) and Ashley Miller (X-Men: First Class). Bill Hader has been lending his voice to a number of projects lately, including The Angry Birds Movie as Leonard, The BFG as Bloodbotter and Sausage Party as Firewater, Tequila and El Guaco. He also co-voiced BB-8 in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
We recently reported that none of the original cast members from the original Mighty Morphin Power Rangers TV series will have cameo appearances in this new adventure. Power Rangers is set to hit theaters on March 24, 2017, going up against Warner Bros.' King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, starring Charlie Hunnam. Take a look at the tweet below announcing Bill Hader as the voice of Alpha 5 in Power Rangers.