'Power Rangers 2017' Movie Release Date, Cast, Plot: Who Will Play Alpha 5 in Upcoming Film?

By Raymond Valledor, Posted: 09/23/16 06:41AM EDT
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HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 21: Actor Bill Hader attends Disney's 'The BFG' premiere at the El Capitan Theatre. Hader is set to star in the upcoming 2017 film, 'Power Rangers,' as 'Alpha 5.'(Photo : Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Bill Hader has done it all. He's been a part of the prestigious sketch comedy show, Saturday Night Live, for several years before branching out to be one of the most bankable comedians today.

He's starred in hit animated films such as Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and Inside Out. He even starred alongside one of Hollywood's comedic geniuses, Amy Schumer, in Trainwreck.

Now he's upping the ante by starring in a movie about a hit TV series in the 1990s -- Power Rangers. According to Anime News Network, Hader is joining the reboot of the Power Rangers film franchise and he's set to play Alpha 5, the team's robotic assistant.

The movie's Twitter account confirmed the report when they posted a photo of Hader with an announcement saying that he will play Alpha 5. Alpha 5 was introduced in the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers TV series, which aired on August 28, 1993.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Hader's character is not only a sidekick to the Power Rangers, but he's also the assistant of 'Zordon,' the Rangers' mentor. In the upcoming film, Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston will portray Zordon.

Also in the film is Elizabeth Banks, who will play 'Rita Repulsa' the main villain of the Rangers. As for the Rangers, actors RJ Cyler, Dacre Montgomery, Ludi Lin, Becky G. and Naomi Scott will star as the super-powered teenagers.

Anime News Network posted photos of the Rangers with their corresponding Zord spaceships. The film is helmed by Dean Israelite, whose most recent film was the Sci-fi flick Project Almanac.

In the tradition of the Power Rangers, the storyline of the upcoming film will once again feature five teenagers chosen by an alien being to protect their town and the whole planet from a group of aliens led by Rita Repulsa. Power Rangers, also known as Saban's Power Rangers, will be released to theaters on March 24, 2017.

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