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A Brief Meditation on Bill Hader as ‘Power Rangers’ Robot-Nanny Alpha 5

MoviesA Brief Meditation on Bill Hader as Power Rangers' Alpha 5

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Someone please put out a trailer for this movie already; we don't know how to feel.

No upcoming movie confounds me more than 2017's Power Rangers remake. In an era of Hollywood where every studio needs a franchise, it's kind of a foregone conclusion that the Teenagers With Attitude would get another at-bat sooner or later, but it's hard to figure out who this movie is going to be for. Is it something chill enough for modern teens, like this super cool Instagram-ready group shot suggests? Is it going for pure outrageous spectacle, like those goofy-ass costumes and giant CGI robots suggest? Or is it somehow trying to get even our attention, by casting Bryan Cranston as Zordon the floating space wizard head and Elizabeth Banks as villain Rita Repulsa.

Oh, and Bill Hader's here now too.

The funny thing about Hader voicing Alpha 5—the Power Rangers' robot nanny that more or less just shrieked and yelled "ay-yi-yi" while things exploded around it—is that it's the first big name the movie has cast where we don't really know what we're going to get. Bryan Cranston was probably picked for gravitas (although he could probably exhibit mad swerve and just reprise Malcolm in the Middle's Hal) and Elizabeth Banks makes sense as Rita because there is no other talented actress who is better at hamming it up than she. But Hader—more specifically, Hader's voice—is a tougher read. Is he gonna go for the classic high-pitched fretting of the original Alpha 5? The weirdly nasal Long Island stylings of the replacement, Alpha 6? Or is this just gonna be the latest Stefon joint?

I am probably overthinking this. Call me when they cast Bulk and Skull.

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