Paramount Pictures has announced the title of the new Transformers movie, and it is called Transformers: Rise of the Beasts. We already knew that one of the upcoming Transformers films would be an adaptation of Beast Wars, and the movie is being directed by Steven Caple Jr. from a script written by Darnell Metayer and Josh Peters, which is based on a script by Joby Harold.
Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura talked about the project:
“We wanted to give the audience a lot of new. We have exhausted I would say the battle between the Autobots and Decepticons. How do we find a new set of villains and priorities, saving the world is left to the Autobots and in this case the Maximals. Part of the new news, 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 story for the movie will be set in 1994, and it was reported that the main protagonist of the movie will be Optimus Prime, and he will be wearing a design similar to his G1 design, but it will have more of a modern flair to it. Bumblebee will also make a comeback, and this time he’s more an off-road Camaro.
The movie will also take place in areas such as Brooklyn, New York, and Peru where they are filming at Machu Picchu. Caple Jr. went on to say:
“I care so much about this character and I saw Bumblebee. I wanted to get underneath the metal if you will and explore his experience on earth, and he’s my main robot, are we going G1, yes, we are going G1 Optimus Prime.”
The director of the movie also revealed that the film will feature more than Autobots and Decepticons. The movie will introduce The Tarracons, who are a new menace to Optimus Prime, as well as The Predacons:
“We wanted to expand the universe, you have the Autobots and the Decepticons, and I would say my new flair to this is the Terracons,” Caple Jr. said. “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.
“The Predacons in our film are more reptilian in nature. We’ve seen a few in the other Transformers films, but we’ve never had the chance to focus in on their logo, their tribe if you will, and we get to see another side to them. It’s all about building a backstory to these characters that are more than just ‘let’s take over the world'”.
Mirage will also come as the Autobots team and will convert into a Porsche 911. Arcee will also be joining the team as a Ducati. There’s also a character named Nightbird and she will convert into a Nissan GTR.
Let’s talk about villains, Megatron isn’t the main villain in this one. Scourge, the leader of the Terrorcons, will be the main villain. Apparently, he loves killing Transformers, and after he annihilates them he keeps their insignia as a memento.
As for the Beast War characters, three of them were revealed, and they include Airazor, which is a bird; Rhinox, which is a rhino; and Optimus Primal, who is a gorilla, and he is the leader of the Maximals.
The human characters in the movie are played by Dominique Fishback (The Deuce, Judas, and the Black Messiah) and Anthony Ramos (In the Heights). Ramos will play Noah, who is from Brooklyn. He’s ex-military and is “trying to find his way.” He likes electronics and is good at fixing things. Fishback is playing Elena, an artifact researcher at a museum.