Transform and roll out! Transformers: Rise of the Beasts wrapped filming and offered another look at Optimus Prime’s alternate mode. The seventh film in the Transformers franchise is a follow-up to 2018’s Bumblebee starring Hailee Steinfeld. Bumblebee was a hit among critics and fans. Now, shifting to the Beast Wars storyline, the film will feature Anthony Ramos (In The Heights) and Dominique Fisher (Judas and the Black Messiah) starring alongside our robots in disguise.
Not a lot of details are out for Transformers: Rise of the Beasts but we know the action takes place in 1994 New York. When the war between the Maximals, Predacons, and Terrorcons comes to Earth, Optimus Prime (voiced by Peter Cullen) of the Autobot resistance arrives on our planet and learns to become a leader.
Transformers: Rise of the Beasts director speaks about Optimus Prime
“I want to discover more about Optimus Prime, get underneath the surface — get underneath the metal, if you would — and explore who he is and his experience on Earth,” director Steven Caple Jr. said when announcing Rise of the Beasts. Take a look at the wrap photo below.
Caple Jr. previously shared a look at Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, Mirage, Arcee, Wheeljack, Scourge, and Nightbird. Transformers movie franchise producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura said Rise of the Beasts is, “a spectacle story … in the tradition of the [Michael] Bay films,” would “give the audience a lot of ‘new.'”
“We have exhausted, I would say, the battle between the Autobots and Decepticons,” Di Bonaventura said over the summer of the upcoming seventh installment of the live-action movie franchise. “Saving the world is left to the Autobots, and in this case, the Maximals. If you’ve seen the other movies, you’re going to see villains you’ve never seen before and a lot of elements we’ve never done before.”
The Transformers: Rise of the Beasts director had this to say about the follow-up to Travis Knight’s Bumblebee.
“We wanted to expand the universe,” said Caple, who had directed Creed II. “You have the Autobots and the Decepticons, and I would say my new flair to this is the Terracons. The Terracons are a new threat to Optimus Prime, and it’s something I pride myself on when entering the franchise. I’ve done Rocky with Creed, and you bring the nostalgia that fans want, but also bring something they aren’t expecting, and the Terracons are that.”
Fans will see more than meets the eyes on June 24, 2022 when Transformers: Rise of the Beasts rolls out into theaters.