It goes without saying that as the Transformers film universe expands so does its roster. Though the films goes through a rotation of various Autobots and Decepticons, the franchise will always have noble transformers like Optimus Prime, Bumblebee and the villainous Megatron. But for “Transformers: Rise of the Beasts,” the fifth “Transformers” film, fans will get to see Maximals, Predacons, and even Terracons join the fray.
The announcement was made earlier today at a special Hasbro event where director Steven Caple Jr. and producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura announced the aforementioned details as well as Anthony Ramos (“In The Heights) and Dominique Fishback (“Judas and the Black Messiah”) joining the cast as human characters.
Of course, since this is just an announcement, plot details are vague at best, but the official logline does provide some idea as two when the film takes place. According to it, “Transformers: Rise of the Beasts” takes place in the 90s, which puts it after the events of “Bumblebee,” and before the events of Michael Bay’s “Transformers.”
Here’s the official logline:
Returning to the action and spectacle that first captured moviegoers around the world 14 years ago with the original Transformers, Transformers: Rise of the Beasts will take audiences on a ‘90s globetrotting adventure and introduce the Maximals, Predacons, and Terrorcons to the existing battle on earth between Autobots and Decepticons.
Since the film takes place in the 90s, it is safe to assume that the looks of the members of the factions will look similar to their animation counterparts. According to Slashfilm, Peter Cullen returns to voice Optimus Prime, who takes the form of G1 counterpart. Bumblebee will also return, however, he will trade his VW Bug form for a Camero look. Arcee joins the team as well as the sole female Autobot who transforms into a Ducati bike. And then there’s Mirage, a rebellious autoboot who transforms into a Porsche 911.
As for the Maximals, fans of the original will be pleased to know that Optimus Primal will be a gorilla, Airazor takes the form of a hawk, and Rhinox is a rhino that likes to charge things. All three will have a “rustic” look to them which means they’ve been on earth a lot longer than any of the Autobots.
While Megatron has served as the film’s lead villain in Bay’s Transformers films, “Transformers: Rise of the Beasts” has Scourge taking the front.
“Transformers: Rise of the Beasts” is currently slated for a June 24, 2022 release.