Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Alpha 5 gets a new look for the new Power Rangers movie

With the Power Rangers themselves getting a grittier, more alien style for the new movie, we suppose it was only natural that director Dean Israelite (Project Almanac) and his design team would update the look of their loyal robot friend Alpha 5. Now Lionsgate have released our first look at the character via IGN.

The enthusiastic artificial intelligence unit Alpha 5 – who will be voiced in this incarnation by Bill Hader (Superbad) – is no longer the goofy robot we remember from the 1990s.

The original bright poppy colours have been traded for darker, deeper shades of red and blue. Gone are the 1950s science fiction aesthetic that made Alpha 5 so charming. But perhaps he will have a better personality this time around.

With Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) voicing powerful, peaceful alien Zordon and Elizabeth Banks (The Hunger Games) physically present as villain Rita Repulsa, the movie will find the Power Rangers battling Rita's evil schemes and defending the Earth while figuring out their own teenage issues.

Talking of Rita, Banks' character recently staged a takeover of the movie's Twitter feed to debut a new image.

Power Rangers will arrive in cinemas on 24 March.

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