The Transformers are on their way back to the theater, but not in quite the form most of you were expecting.
On Tuesday, Paramount Pictures announced the seventh live-action Transformers movie will be called Transformers: Rise of the Beasts. Director Steven Caple Jr. (Creed II) grew up on the 1990s Beast Wars cartoon, and it looks as though he will be bringing that to the movie franchise.
“There are different breeds of Transformers,” said Caple. “In our particular film, they are prehistoric animals who travel through time and space, and we find them here on Earth.” Caple also shared that the film is set in the 1990s in Brooklyn, New York and Peru. “You are going to feel hip-hop culture,” said Caple. “You are going to feel Brooklyn.”
Optimus Prime will appear in the film in his original semi-form, and the Maximals will be led by Optimus Primal. The Transformers will team up to take on Scourge who has a habit of taking trophies from his foes. “He loves to collect Autobots and Maximals and use them as his trophy,” said Caple.
In addition to the Autobots and Maximals, we’ll also be seeing the Decepticons and Predacons. Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura said, “We had somewhat exhausted the battle between the Decepticons and the Autobots. “How do we find a new set of villains and a new set of priorities.”
“We want to deliver a film that has the scale and spectacle of the Bay films with the heart and humor we were able to achieve in Bumblebee, and Shia’s [LaBeouf] relationship with Bumblebee [in the Bay films],” said di Bonaventura.
Anthony Ramos (In The Heights) and Dominique Fishback (Project Power) star in the film. Ramos will be playing Noah, a military veteran and a wiz with electronics. “The one thing I love about Noah is his tenacity and his heart and his will to never quit in spite of all the crazy things life is throwing at him,” said Ramos. “It’s amazing to see his journey when we then venture out into the world when the humans meet bots and things start to happen and shit gets real.”
Transformers: Rise of the Beasts is scheduled to hit theaters on June 24, 2022.