Up until now, everything we’ve seen from the Power Rangers movie has been a little concerning for longtime fans of the series. Elizabeth Banks’ Rita Repulsa doesn’t resemble the character from the old show at all, and while the new suits for the Rangers themselves are a little more faithful, they also owe a lot—like, a lot—to the metal suit worn by a certain armored Avenger. Now, though, the Power Rangers movie has revealed a new addition to its cast that seems surprisingly solid.
According to the official Power Rangers Twitter account, the Rangers’ big, blue mentor Zordon will be played by none other than Bryan Cranston:
Zordon is generally seen as a bald head floating in a tube, and Cranston commanded a lot of respect with his shaved head on Breaking Bad, so this kind of makes sense on a purely aesthetic level. Like, there are probably Power Rangers fans out there who had Cranston as their dream pick for Zordon. Plus, he’s a legitimately famous and talented actor who has won multiple awards for his work, and now he’s doing Power Rangers.
To be fair, though, Cranston has already crossed paths with the Power Rangers universe before, so maybe—like the fans out there—he’s drawn to this movie because of nostalgia. As this IGN story points out, Cranston did voiceover work for the original Power Rangers series, and he even claims that the first Blue Ranger—Billy Cranston—was named after him. In fact, Cranston is so proud of that last bit that he brought up today: