ARCEE, a female Autobot, will be featured inTransformers: Rise of the Beasts– she’s loyal and a voice of reason for Optimus. She’s a Ducati 916 and looks very G1 with white and red coloring, yellow highlights. We now know what will happen next in the Transformers franchise. And it’s a huge one.
Today, director Steven Caple Jr., producer Lorenzo Di Bonaventura, and actors Anthony Ramos and Dominique Fishback held a virtual event to reveal that Transformers: Rise of the Beasts will be the seventh Transformers film, and yes, it will be an adaptation of Beast Wars, as rumored. Caple Jr. is most recognized for his parts in Creed 2 and Hamilton, while Ramos is best known for his roles in In the Heights and Hamilton, and Fishback is best known for his roles in Judas and the Black Messiah and Project Power. Elena, played by Fishback, is an artifact researcher in a museum. Noah is Ramos, an ex-military father figure to his younger brother, who is an electronics expert.
It’s set in 1994, which places it on the timeline between Bumblebee and the Michael Bay films but is said to have the spectacle closer to that of the Bay films. The main locations are Brooklyn, New York, and Peru where they are filming at Machu Picchu and while there will be Maximals, Predacons, and even Terrorcons, the main robot character will indeed be Optimus Prime, voiced by Peter Cullen. Bumblebeewill be back, though this time he’s more an off-road Camaro. Mirage will join the Autobots, transforming into a Porsche 911, and Arcee will be joining the team as a Ducati! Nightbird is also a new addition and she transformers into a Nissan GTR.
Megatron, on the other hand, isn’t the major antagonist in this picture. It’s Scourge, the Terrorcons’ commander. He enjoys killing Transformers and collects their emblem as a keepsake. Three characters from the Beast War have been revealed: Airazor, a bird, Rhinox, a rhino, and Optimus Primal, the Maximals‘ commander. He’s a huge gorilla. Transformers’ King Kong.
Transformers have been around since the mid-’80s when it first gained popularity as a toy line and then as an animated series. Its first film was an animated picture produced in 1986, but it was filmmaker Michael Bay who filmed the first live-action film in 2007. That picture inspired five direct sequels, which grossed a combined total of several billion dollars. The quality rapidly deteriorated, and despite Paramount’s gentle turnaround on the franchise with the considerably superior Bumblebee in 2018, viewers were turned off by the franchise and did not attend.
The battle on Earth is no longer just between Autobots and Decepticons… Maximals, Predacons, and Terrorcons join Transformers: Rise of the Beasts, in theatres June 24, 2022.