First, I hate it, but not that much. Second, it's actually recognizable as Cheetor. That robot head, I don't like it. But I can actually see Cheetor in it. It has the horns. It has the central crest. And hard to see, but even the side of the helmet around the face has the right shape. If I had never seen a bayverse design and you showed me all of them and asked me to ID them, I would recognize this as Cheetor. Can't say that for most of the rest.
The 7th live-action movie by Hasbro, eOne, and Paramount Pictures.
The events of the movie will take place in the year 1994. Location? Peru. On-location shooting will take place in Machupicchu and Canada.
Canada will stand in for Brooklyn, New York.
But, we didn’t even get to the best parts yet. Check it out, after the jump.
Note: additional notes and clarification have been added since the original article was posted.
This story continues the 2018 Bumblebee movie. Set in 1994.
But as always, the story is tied to human civilization. This time we have Incas. Their traditions and way of life is explored through Cybertronian eyes. Speaking on which…
Maximals and Predacons will be prominently featured in the movie. Also, we will see Terrorcons. Predacons and Terrorcons are not allies. Terrorcons are the main baddies. Predacons are reptilian in nature and are the enemies of the Maximals. Meanwhile, Terrorcons are a threat to them all, but more in opposition to the Autobots.
Optimus Prime is the lead character and his alt mode is an upgraded version of the G1 look from the Bumblebee movie. Think Bee Movie earth mode, with a gray torso, gray windshield flaps, and grey upper shoulder parts that lead into the smokestacks. Peter Cullen will once again resume his voice acting duties.
Bumblebee is a classic Camaro with off-road extensions. 2nd gen 70s camaro, raised, z/28 badging, external framing, chunky wheels, light bar on top a la Ratchet.
Mirage is a silver and blue Porche 911. His characterization is similar to AOE Crosshairs. Anti-Authority. Can transform into multiple types of vehicles. RE: Multi Vehicles – not sure if they were talking his history in brand or actually in this movie.
Arcee‘s robot mode is close to G1 and is a Ducati 916 motorcycle.
Nightbird is included as a Nissan GTR. She is also a Terrorcon. Purplish grey in color. She is a modernized version of the G1 character of the same name. Facemask with robo looking hood. Switched sides, allegiances are flexible.
Scourge is the leader of Terrocons and is a trophy hunter. Like Lockdown from AOE. When he kills, he rips the faction insignias and “tattoos” them into his body. 4 smokestacks on back, all smoking. Claw hand with electricity. Black/grey tone with orange pops. Not Black Convoy looking, but probably a truck due to smokestacks in art.
Airazor is a robotic bird. Rusty bird mode, steampunk esque. Silhouette is very real world bird, but plated/layered. Looks old, been here a bit. Blue glowing eyes.
Rhinox… well, needs no introduction. also very Rhino shaped, plated, also steampunk and rusty. Ironhide like, wants to use his horn. Again, looks old, like old metal, been here a bit.
Fans have seen Optimus Primal before. Remember the TLK CGI Concept art? Yep. But with much more fur. He’s the leader of the Maximals and is very protective of those who are under his protection. You don’t mess with Primal. Rusty under frame, looks like random patches of skin and fur layered on top. Like he’s been through some stuff. He is leader of Maximals, equal in stature to Prime.
Dominique Fishback – Elena – Researcher of artifacts, works at museum, boss keeps stealing her thunder.
Anthony Ramos – Noah – father figure to brother. Ex military. Trying to find his way, good with electronics, trying to get by. He was a Beast Wars guy. Name dropped characters.
Both from Brookyln, happy to mix the TF with their real life neighborhood.
Ramos – Got his license for this movie, how NY of him 🙂
Can’t answer if BW voice actors will be back, lots of smiles. Hopefully!
A lot of characters we haven’t seen yet. All the Maximals are hard to bring to screen. Rhinox wants to smash, but also brain of operation (shows a connection to original toon, good). How to actually try to disguise themselves.
Shooting in Peru for 6 weeks.
This is a spectacle story. Big action movie with deeper character story style from Bee movie. Combining the two. Key was, it’s not a small budget film, this is summer blockbuster level stuff.
That’s about it, we’d like to thank Paramount, the movie team and Hasbro from inviting us to the virutal event, stay tuned to TFW2005 for your Transformers Rise of the Beasts news over the next year!
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