Transformers Rise of the Beasts release date, & All we know

Transformers Rise of the Beasts release date, & All we know

Transformers: Rise of the Beasts is the seventh installment in the live-action movie series that first launched with the Michael Bay-directed set of high-action, high-Bayhem hits. The film’s first trailer arrived at the start of December, revealing a new breed of shape-shifting robots — the gorilla dude included — and a globe-trotting adventure that’s meant to be a sequel to Bumblebee. (remember, this is a direct sequel to 2018’s critically acclaimed Bumblebee — the great Transformers movie)

Footage of the movie is already being shown, Optimus Prime was seen in action at CinemaCon 2022 (the convention for film distributors). He’s supposedly looking like a blend of the Michael Bay and G1 designs according to a report. Anthony Ramos was shown reacting to chaos and driving Porsches, while being surrounded by six of the same car around him.

As a reward for this long wait, we’ve learned that this is only the beginning of a new run of Transformers movies. This chapter, though will finally see the growth and expansion of the Transformers Cinematic Universe that fans have been wanted forever. Live-action versions of Optimus Prime and Optimus Primal will meet, as the Terrorcons and the Maximals join the Autobots and Decepticons on the big screen.

The 1987-set Bumblebee was the sixth movie in the long-running Transformers film series and was both a prequel and soft reboot for the series, with Travis Knight directing (Hollywood power player Michael Bay directed all six previous Transformers movies). 

Rise of the Beasts will explore the origins of the Autobots team on Earth, explaining why Optimus Prime is so determined to protect our tiny blue planet. Finally, the movie will introduce the Terrorcons, a group of Decepticons capable of transforming into nightmarish monsters. Since all these events happened before the first Transformers movie, fans will get a brand-new story that helps explain how some of their favorite heroes became defenders of Earth. Meanwhile, Rise of the Beasts can be a soft reboot, as newcomers can jump in without worrying about watching all previous Transformers movies. Everybody wins!

And as Paramount announced, Transformers 7: Rise of the Beasts is the first of three new installments. This sounds like a whole trilogy of movies. Are we going to get the “fall of the beasts,” as well?

Here’s everything we know about Transformers: Rise of the Beasts so far.

Transformers Rise of the Beasts

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Transformers 7: Trailer

We have our first Transformers 7: Rise of the Beasts trailer, and it’s bringing the Transformers to the big city. While Optimus Primal gets most of the time, we do see a bunch of other beasts, which Optimus Prime invites with a grim “Let them come!” Anthony Ramos also has a lot of time in the trailer. 

Who’s In Transformers: Rise of the Beasts?

Directed by Steven Caple Jr. from a screenplay by Joby Harold and James VanderbiltTransformers: Rise of the Beasts stars Anthony Ramos, Dominique Fishback, Luna Lauren Vélez, and Tobe NwigwePeter Cullen will be back to voice Optimus Prime, while Ron Perlman was chosen to voice Optimus Primal, the leader of the Maximals. As recently revealed, Pete Davidson will also be voicing the Autobot Mirage, and Michelle Yeoh will be the voice of the Maximal known as Airazor.

Michael Bay, who directed the first five films in the live-action Transformers franchise, will produce Rise of the Beasts under his Bay Films banner alongside Tom DeSanto and Don MurphyLorenzo di Bonaventura and Mark Vahradian, and Duncan Henderson. Meanwhile, Steven Spielberg will executive produce with Hasbro’s Brian Goldner and Skydance’s David EllisonDana Goldberg, and Don Granger, as well as Brian OliverBradley J. Fischer, and Valerii An of New Republic Pictures.

Transformers 7: Rise of the Beasts plot

Transformers: Rise of the Beasts is set in the year 1994, a few years after Bumblebee‘s 1987 time period and before the Bay-backed movies.

Director Steven Caple Jr. and producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura participated in a moderated panel back in June 2021 to reveal the first details of the film. They confirmed Optimus Prime is still the main character.

“He’s new to earth. He doesn’t have a connection to earth the way he does when we met him in the Bay films and in the animation series, where he’s already a protector of the earth,” Di Bonaventura said. “In this film, it’s forming why he has a link to humanity and why he has a link to the earth, and that’s emotional.”

Transformers Rise of the Beasts

Rise of the Beasts will still have the Autobots, like Bumblebee, and their primary adversaries, the Decepticons. But we’ll also meet the Maximals, the Predacons, and the Terrorcons as a war breaks out among them.

A villain by the name of Scourge is the leader of the Terrorcons, and he likes to collect Autobots and Maximals, displaying them as trophies. “One of the cool features that Steven came up with is that Scourge basically takes the insignias off of the robots that he’s killed and fuses them onto him, so he’s like a living memorial to the havoc he’s created,” Di Bonaventura pointed out.

“I wanna dabble more in horror in this one and make people jump out of their seats,” added Caple.

Wait. Hold up. Maximals? Predacons? Terrorcons? What?

Yeah, so… let’s start with Maximals, a.k.a. what the giant robo-gorilla is.

The Maximals were originally depicted as descendants of the Autobots who could take different forms like their ancestors. These origins may be tweaked for the film. Unlike the Autobots, which commonly adopt the likeness of cars, jets, and similar vehicles, the Maximals take on animal forms. According to Caple, they are “prehistoric animals who travel through time and space who arrive on earth.”

Transformers Rise of the Beasts

Optimus Primal (don’t laugh!) is the leader of the Maximals. His animal form is a gorilla. “He’s the beating heart to the Maximals,” Caple explained. “If you look at what Prime is to the Autobots, he’s that to the Maximals. He’s older by design but has wisdom that goes beyond us. He takes care of his own.”

The Rise of the Beasts trailer revealed a few more Maximals. There’s Cheetor, who can turn into a giant Robo-cheetah.

Transformers Rise of the Beasts

There’s also Rhinox, who can, obviously, turn into a rhinoceros. “Rhinox is the muscle of the group and the brains of the Maximals,” Caple said.

“This character just wants to ram stuff. He wants to ram it all,” Di Bonaventura added in a totally serious, non-sexual innuendo manner. “He’s gonna always be the one who’s like, “Can I do it now? Can I ram them now?”

Transformers Rise of the Beasts

Airazor, who can turn into a giant mech peregrine falcon, is another Maximal confirmed for the film’s character lineup. “She’s very nurturing, but don’t test her,” Caple warned. “Underneath her regal design, she’s still a beast.”

The nemeses of the Maximals are the Predacons, similar to the strife between the Autobots and the Decepticons. Caple said the Predacons are more reptilian in nature when they appear in Rise of the Beasts. “They’ve been here and there, but we’ve never gotten a chance to really focus in on their insignia or their tribe, if you will, so we’re really hitting that more,” he said.

“In a sense, you have the natural enemies of the Predacons and the Beasts, and then you have the Terrorcons and the Autobots in opposition to one another,” Di Bonaventura explained. “We get to pair everybody up against each other, so it becomes a grand finale and epic Transformers experience.”

Transformers 7: Rise of the Beasts release date

Transformers 7: Rise of the Beasts got pushed back to June 9, 2023, delayed from its original release date of June 24, 2022. 

Slashfilm is claiming that Transformers 7 will actually be pushed back until July 19, 2024, but nobody else is backing that claim up (and they may have it confused with an upcoming animated Transformers movie).

While major details about the plot are being kept under wraps, the new movie will greatly expand the world of the Transformers and incorporate characters from the popular Beast Wars storyline.

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