During Comic-Con, Power Rangers director Dean Israelite dropped by our Camp Conival and confirmed that the Rangers’ original robot helper, Alpha 5, will be in the big screen reboot of the ’90s TV series. Today, the film’s producers revealed that Saturday Night Live veteran Bill Hader is lending his voice to Alpha 5.
The official announcement came on the Power Rangers‘ social media accounts, including this post on Instagram:
For those of you who don’t remember or weren’t alive when the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers was on TV, “Aye-yi-yi” was Alpha 5’s signature line on the show. So it’s a pretty safe bet that we’ll hear it a few times in the movie as well.
As it happens, Hader does have a lot of experience performing voices in film. He was a “vocal consultant” for BB-8 on Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and he has also been a featured voice over artist in Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, and Inside Out. In this year alone, Hader’s voice can be heard in Sausage Party, The Angry Birds Movie, The BFG, and Finding Dory.
Power Rangers already lined Bryan Cranston to play Zordon, the leader of the Rangers and Alpha 5; which means that Hader and Cranston should have a lot of scenes playing off of each other in the film.
Lionsgate will release Power Rangers on March 24, 2017.
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