Optimus Primal is the courageous commander of the Maximals, and while Perlman did not voice the character in the original Beast Wars: Transformers series (that honour went to Garry Chalk), he did in the animated series Transformers: Power of the Primes. Yes, Peter Cullen will reprise his role as Optimus Prime in his G1 robot form, and the narrative of the film will explore why the Cybertronian has a link to Earth and humans.
The Beast Wars will be the focus of the next live-action Transformers film, which will be set in the 1990s and introduce the Maximals, Predacons, and Terrorcons to the ongoing struggle on Earth between Autobots and Decepticons. Anthony Ramos (In the Heights) and Dominique Fishback (Judas and the Black Messiah) will star in Rise of the Beasts, which will be directed by Steven Caple Jr. (Creed II) from a script by Darnell Metayer and Josh Peters, based on an earlier draught by Joby Harold.
Optimus Primal is also the commander of the spacecraft Axalon, in addition to being the leader of the Maximals. He is a courageous and noble warrior in combat, loyal to his allies and respectful to his foes, and prepared to go to any length to fight the good cause. He once rescued the life of his famous namesake, Optimus Prime, and he had a feud with Megatron, the commander of the Predacons, according to Transformers history. Despite the fact that the Axalon computers recommended a bat as his beast form, he chose the more powerful gorilla instead.
Michael Bay, who helmed the first five live-action Transformers films, will produce alongside Tom DeSanto and Don Murphy, Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Mark Vahradian, and Duncan Henderson under his Bay Films brand. Meanwhile, Steven Spielberg will executive produce alongside Brian Goldner of Hasbro and David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, and Don Granger of Skydance, as well as New Republic Pictures’ Brian Oliver, Bradley J. Fischer, and Valerii An.
The Transformers franchise is based on Hasbro’s successful toy line, and Transformers: Rise of the Beasts will be released in theatres on June 24, 2022 by Paramount. It’ll be the franchise’s first new feature since Bumblebee, which came out in December 2018.