The first trailer for the new Transformers movie, Transformers: Rise of the Beasts has been released, giving a preview of some of the vehicles that will make it to the big screen.
The latest installment is the seventh of the live-action films, but Michael Bay is no longer affiliated as director, although he is still listed as producer. The director is Steven Caple Jr., who is probably best known for his work on Creed II.
The film serves as a sequel to 2018’s “Bumblebee” and is set to be set in 1994, which makes sense given the age of the vehicles involved. Interestingly, both the vehicles and the Transformers in robot mode resemble designs used in the original cartoons from the 1980’s and early 90’s.
There are also some maximals from the 1990s Beast Wars cartoons where the Transformers turn into animals instead of vehicles.
Among the vehicles featured in the trailer is a Kenworth K100, which serves as the vehicle mode of Autobot leader Optimus Prime. The Autobot faction also includes a second generation Chevrolet Camaro as Bumblebee, a 964 generation Porsche 911 likely as Jazz, a Volkswagen Microbus likely as Wheeljack, and a Ducati 916 motorcycle likely as Arcee.
We also know there will be an R33 Nissan Skyline GT-R, a heavily modified Kenworth JF lumber truck and a GMC tow truck for the Terrorcons, the bad guys in the film.
Peter Cullen once again serves as the voice of Optimus Prime, while Ron Perlman was chosen to voice Optimus Primal, leader of the Maximals. Some other voice actors in the film are Michelle Yeoh as Airazor, Peter Dinklage as Scourge, and Cristo Fernández as Wheeljack.
Transformers: Rise of the Beasts hits theaters on June 23, 2023.