Old skool Transformers fans may be a little happier this morning. After the Michael Bay movies were blighted by Transformers that appeared to be made out of recycled razor blades, and transformed in a non-sensical blur like a crashing truck full of aluminum cooking foil being thrown along a highway, the design of the Transformers is going back. Way back, for Transformers: Rise Of The Beasts.
Transformers: Rise of the Beasts is the 1990s-set sequel to the 2018 reboot attempt Bumblebee. Now the director, Steven Caple Jr., has shared some images of his characters in the vehicular form via Instagram. According to the early blurb:
“In the year 1994, an archaeologist couple from Brooklyn will come into an ancient conflict that ties in with three factions of Transformers: the Maximals, the Predacons and the Terrorcons.”
The first shot shows Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, Mirage, Arcee, and Wheeljack.
The second shows Scourge, Nightbird, and an unidentified tow truck.
In April 2021, Anthony Ramos was cast for the lead role in the film. Later that month, Dominique Fishback was cast opposite Ramos It was also revealed that Darnell Metayer and Josh Peters had been hired to rewrite Joby Harold’s screenplay.
In June, actress Lauren Vélez was cast just as Peter Cullen was confirmed to return as Optimus Prime for the film. Ron Perlman was announced to be reprising his role as Optimus Primal from the Transformers: Power of the Primes web series.
Transformers: Rise of the Beasts will center around Optimus Prime in 1994 in Brooklyn, New York City and parts of Peru such as Machu Picchu, Cusco, and Tarapoto, San Martín. The project is a joint-venture production between eOne and Paramount Pictures.
Transformers: Rise of the Beasts is scheduled to be released in the United States on June 24, 2022.