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The title of the next Transformers movie has been revealed, and to those fans of the '90s cartoon Beast Wars, you'll want to be sitting down for the rest of this story.
Paramount Pictures announced Transformers: Rise of the Beasts in a virtual press event earlier this week, and director Steven Caple Jr is champing at the bit to get going on the next movie.
Caple's big break was The Land, a drama about four friends who want to abandon the poverty of the city and become professional skateboarders, and since then, he has worked on Grown-ish, Creed II and now the new Transformers movie. Caple counts himself as a fan of Beast Wars and he evidently cannot wait to merge the two together again. "There are different breeds of Transformers," said the director in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. "In our particular film, they are prehistoric animals who travel through time and space, and we find them here on Earth."
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Picking up after the events of Bumblebee, the movie will be set in the 1990s and trot across the globe, from Brooklyn to New York to Peru and more. Optimus Prime, in his G1 form, will be the protagonist and Peter Cullen will reprise his role as the leader of the Autobots. Anthony Ramos, known for performing in the musicals Hamilton and In The Heights, is playing Noah, an ex-military electronics expert who lives with his parents in Brooklyn.
"The one thing I love about Noah is his tenacity and his heart and his will to never quit in spite of all the crazy things life is throwing at him," said Ramos. "It's amazing to see his journey when we then venture out into the world when the humans meet bots and things start to happen and sh*t gets real." BAFTA nominee Dominique Fishback is Elena, a museum employee who is kept under the thumb of her overbearing boss. Details on the plot are light on the ground presently, but I imagine the two will come together to discover something that can't (or won't) be housed in the New York Transit Museum.
"I'm looking at pre-visuals and concept art and I'm just like, 'Fans are going to go crazy over this because I'm going crazy as I'm creating it,'" added Caple. Transformers: Rise of the Beasts is coming to theatres on June 24th, 2022.
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