Transformers: Rise of the Beasts is the upcoming seventh instalment in the Transformers film series and a sequel to Bumblebee (2018). The film will introduce new factions of Transformers, such as the Maximals, Predacons, and Terrorcons, who will join the existing battle between the Autobots and Decepticons on Earth. The film is set in 1994 and will take the audience on a globetrotting adventure with a pair of archaeologists from Brooklyn who get involved in an ancient conflict.
According to IMDb, the film is reportedly influenced by Beast Wars, a spinoff series that aired from 1996 to 1999. The series featured robots that transformed into robotic animals instead of vehicles.
The film will explore the origins of Optimus Prime and his relationship with Optimus Primal, the leader of the Maximals (a gorilla). The film will also feature Scourge, the leader of the Terrorcons, who is hunting down other Transformers for their parts. The film will take place in various locations around the world, such as New York City, Peru, Montreal, and Los Angeles.
The film will star Anthony Ramos as Noah Diaz, an ex-military electronics expert who lives with his family in Brooklyn ; Dominique Fishback as Elena Wallace, an artifact researcher at a museum whose boss keeps taking credit for her work ; Luna Lauren Vélez as Noah’s mother; and Tobe Nwigwe as Reek, a companion of Noah and Elena during their global trek .
The film features a wide cast of human and voice actors, including Anthony Ramos and Dominique Fishback as the lead human roles; Ron Perlman and Peter Dinklage as new Transformers characters; and Michaela Jaé Rodriguez and Cristo Fernández as Latinx voice actors.
The film marks the return of Peter Cullen as Optimus Prime, who has voiced the character since 1984. He is also joined by John DiMaggio and David Sobolov, who reprise their roles as Crosshairs and Blitzwing from previous films.
The Maximals are descendants of the Autobots, the heroic faction that fights for peace and freedom. They have a strong sense of honor and justice, and they respect all forms of life. Their leader is Optimus Primal, a wise and courageous gorilla who shares a bond with Optimus Prime, the leader of the Autobots.
The Predacons are descendants of the Decepticons, the evil faction that seeks to conquer and destroy. They are ruthless and cunning, and they enjoy hunting and killing their prey. Their leader is Megatron, a tyrannical dragon who shares a name with Megatron, the leader of the Decepticons.
The Terrorcons are a new faction that has not appeared in previous Transformers media. They are an ancient group of Transformers that can transform into monstrous creatures, such as scorpions, spiders, and bats. They are savage and chaotic, and they have no allegiance to anyone but themselves. Their leader is Scourge, a fearsome demon who collects the insignias of his fallen enemies.
Transformers: Rise of the Beasts will explore the origins of these factions and their conflict on Earth in 1994. The film will feature human characters who will join forces with the Maximals and the Autobots to stop the Predacons and the Terrorcons from unleashing havoc on the planet. The film will also showcase some technical innovations in CGI and animation that will bring these animal Transformers to life.
Some bytes on the production
The film began principal photography in June 2021 and wrapped up in October 2021. The film was shot in various locations around the world, such as Los Angeles, Peru, Montreal, and New York City. Some of the interesting facts about the shooting are: The film is directed by Steven Caple Jr., who previously directed Creed II (2018). He is the first person of color to direct a Transformers film. The film is produced by Michael Bay, who directed the first five live-action Transformers films and produced Bumblebee. He is also credited as a co-writer of the story along with Joby Harold.
According to a recent report from two reputed industry insiders, Transformers: Rise of the Beasts, which is scheduled for a June 2023 release, is currently undergoing problems in its post-production process. Industry insider Jeff Sneider revealed on his podcast, The Hot Mic, that the upcoming Transformers film from Paramount has gone through a bunch of edits in its post-production process from almost a dozen different editing teams.
Hardcore fans have already voiced their unhappiness regarding some of the modifications in the Transformers narrative.
The movie introduces a new faction of Transformers called the Terrorcons, led by Scourge, who collects the insignias of his victims as trophies. Some fans have criticized this decision, arguing that it deviates from the original lore of the franchise and that Scourge is a minor character who does not deserve such a prominent role.
The movie also features the Maximals and the Predacons, two groups of Transformers who can transform into animals. The Maximals are allies of the Autobots, while the Predacons are enemies of both factions. However, some fans have complained that the designs of these characters are too realistic and lack the distinctive features of their counterparts in the animated series Beast Wars.
The movie is set in 1994, a few years after the events of Bumblebee, and follows Optimus Prime as he tries to establish a connection with humanity and Earth. The movie also stars Anthony Ramos and Dominique Fishback as two human characters who are struggling with their cultural identity and social challenges. Some fans have expressed concern that the movie will focus too much on the human drama and not enough on the robot action.
Why to watch
If you are a fan of the Transformers franchise, especially the Beast Wars storyline, you might be interested in watching this movie. Especially since the last Transformers which came our (Bumblebee) was in 2018. If you enjoy science fiction action films with impressive visual effects and an engaging storyline, there should not be much to think about. It is being touted as a fresh start for the franchise.
So we will definitely be there in the theatres, munching our popcorn when this lands.