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Bill Hader To Play ‘Power Rangers’ Bumbling, Often Useless Alpha 5

The Power Rangers reboot film’s hottest new casting announcement is Bill Hader‘s addition as the bumbling, perpetually frazzled robot assistant, Alpha 5. Requisite Aye-yi-yi!

Hader, famous for roles in TrainwreckSuperbad and as Saturday Night Live‘s resident club guru, Stefon, will take on the identity of the infamously stressed droid, the production announced last night (September 22) on Twitter. The character was originally voiced by Romy J. Sharf and Sandi Sellner in early ’90s origin TV series and, later, by Peta-Maree Rixon in the 1995 Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie.

As Alpha was notoriously short (he could barely clear the Command Center’s rows of buttons and levers), there’s no word yet on whether the six-foot Hader will don a suit and play the character, or simply provide a voice.

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As Alpha, Hader will play second fiddle to Bryan Cranston, whose casting as benevolent, intergalactic sage Zordon was announced in June. The two will join forces against the evil Rita Repulsa, who will be played by Elizabeth Banks, with the help of the superhuman (and high school-attending) Power Rangers. Becky G is among the roster of teenagers-with-attitude, the production announced in February.

Power Rangers, directed by Dean Israelite, will hit theaters on March 24, 2017. Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz wrote the script and Haim Saban, credited with creating the origin series, serves as producer.

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