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'Power Rangers' movie will have reimagined Alpha 5, shiny Power Coins

Director Dean Israelite confirmed Thursday that a new version of the Rangers' robot buddy will be in the 2017 film.

The Power Rangers return to the big screen with a new look in 2017.

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Ay-yai-yai -- Alpha 5 is coming to next year's "Power Rangers" movie.

Director Dean Israelite confirmed that a reimagined version of the lovable robot assistant has been created for the Lionsgate film, during a panel Thursday at Nerdist's Camp Conival here at San Diego Comic-Con.

(L-R) Moderator Dan Casey, director Dean Israelite, Dacre Montgomery, R.J. Cyler, Naomi Scott, Becky G. and Ludi Lin at Nerdist's Camp Conival in Petco Park during San Diego Comic-Con.

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The cast is surprisingly high class. In the original "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers" TV show from the '90s, Alpha 5 helps Zordon, the Rangers' mentor, recruit the teenagers to defend the world from the wicked Rita Repulsa. In the new film they'll be played by Emmy winner Bryan Cranston and "Pitch Perfect" director Elizabeth Banks.

The Power Rangers themselves will be played by Dacre Montgomery as Jason the Red Ranger, Becky G. as Trini the Yellow Ranger, Naomi Scott as Kimberly the Pink Ranger, Ludi Lin as Zack the Black Ranger and R.J. Cyler as Billy the Blue Ranger. While the characters are named after those in the original television series, the Rangers' suits sport a brand-new, futuristic look.

The Power Coins debuted at San Diego Comic-Con in a display that includes the Rangers' helmets.


In addition, Lionsgate revealed the Power Coins on Wednesday, which -- should they have the same function as the TV version -- give the Rangers the power to morph into their suits. The coins are on display with the Rangers' helmets at Comic-Con. A photo of the Rangers suited up but unmasked was revealed earlier this week too.