Bryan Cranston Might Have Confirmed a Major Rumor About the Power Rangers Movie

Credit: Screengrab via YouTube
Credit: Screengrab via YouTube

A harmless gift from Bryan Cranston might just prove a long-standing rumor about Zordon’s role in the upcoming Power Rangers flick.

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Even though this is hardly a certainty, just in case:

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Power Rangers Megaforce’s Red Ranger Andrew Gray recently shared an autographed copy of Cranston’s memoir, A Life In Parts, which the actor had given Gray for his birthday. According to the now-deleted Instagram post, Cranston included a note inside the book that said, “To a Power Ranger, from a Power Ranger.”

Screengrab via Heroic Hollywood
Screengrab via Heroic Hollywood

By itself, this might sound a little innocuous, but it does lend credence to the persistent rumor that Cranston’s Zordon starts the movie out as a Red Ranger from 10,000 years in the past who, along with his buddies, traps Rita Repulsa until she’s “FREE!” by detonating a black hole.

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This actually sounds kind of cool, and gives a new spin on the origin story without breaking the canon. If Zordon sacrificed himself to trap Rita Repulsa and save the world, it explains why Zordon is trapped in an energy field that leaves him confined to his hidden base. Plus, it gives him an even stronger connection to the Rangers, because he knows what they’re going through. However, one major question remains: Are we gonna see middle-aged Cranston kicking ass in a Red Ranger suit? Because that’s all I want out of this movie now.

We’ll just have to wait and see whether Cranston’s memo was a harbinger of things to come, or just a thing that rangers like to say to each other because they’re rangers. Power Rangers comes out March 24.

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Considering how late in the process Cranston was cast...I’m not sure they’d have had time to shoot any action/stunt scenes.

What I could see is a scene where Green Ranger Rita betrays the rest of her team, leaving them seemingly for dead. And then we flash forward, meet the new Rangers, they meet Zordon, and we come to learn he was one of those Rangers.

That would give them their prologue setting up Rita, allow them to keep Zordon’s identity as a former Ranger secret, and not have to have Cranston on set to shoot the betrayal prologue.

Or, it’s clearly Zordon, but we only hear his voice. That would allow them to film all of the Ranger scenes then come back later once Cranston was cast to record the voice over and motion capture for the imprisoned face Zordon.