Dino has body-shopped himself into a Porsche, recent set photos for Transformers 7 reveal. The Autobots’ token Italian is seen packing some new hardware while parked beside a curb in downtown Atwater, Montreal, in our first look into the prequel. Fans may be outraged to discover the character is no longer a bright red Ferrari 458 Italia, but a silver Porsche 911.
Two identical copies were found on location where the cast of Transformers 7 is currently filming the opening scene of the movie. One car is presumably for stunts, the other for motion capture. Mirage (nicknamed Dino) is one of three Autobots featuring in the film, alongside Bumblebee, Arcee, and a vaguely nascent Optimus Prime.
Mirage isn’t the only Autobot to undergo a top-down design overhaul. Optimus Prime will reportedly feature a more cartoons-accurate “boxy” look, as opposed to the more maximalist configuration seen in earlier Transformers movies. The Autobot commander has cycled through his fair share of truck designs over the years, from the classic Freightliner FL86 to a heritage-style 2014 Western Star 5700 OP. Expect something less industrial or corporate, and more trucker, in Transformers: Rise of the Beasts. Arcee, a major player in 2009’s Revenge of the Fallen, was still a Ducati 848 Sport Bike nine years later (or earlier?) in Bumblebee and may recycle the same alter-ego for Transformers 7.
Mirage’s stunt doubles are quartered outside a familiar brick-lined stucco building. Transformers 7 extra “superhomme” filmed a scene with Rise of the Beasts actor Anthony Ramos, whose character (Noah) was being interviewed for a job in nearby Plaza Ville Marie. Ramos, clad in a white-and-gray suit, was accompanied by a child actor playing his little brother in the film. The latter was seen waiting for Noah on a bench just outside. Director Steven Caple, Jr. was present all throughout. The actor, who has decided to stay anonymous, took pictures of Caple’s chair and the surrounding crew.
Rise of the Beasts is a prequel to the Michael Bay films. It chronicles three major events in the Transformers series: the Autobots and Decepticons’ first recorded contact with Earth’s inhabitants, Optimus Prime’s ministerial rise to glory, and the arrival of the Maximals and Predacons, time-traveling robots moonlighting as prehistoric monsters. The movie draws inspiration from the animated show Beast Wars, a beloved Transformers spinoff, but effectively retcons these Darwinian invaders’ origins; in the cartoon, the Maximals and Predacons are descendants of the Autobots and Decepticons 300 years into the future.
Transformers 7 reintroduces both groups as Optimus Prime and Megatron’s primordial ancestors, set against a backdrop of Brooklyn, New York in the 1990s. The Terrorcons serve as the film’s central antagonists, led by Scourge and his right-hand command Nightbird. Terrorcons are dead Cybertronians reanimated by dark magic (known in canon lore as Dark Energon) and essentially function as the Decepticons’ undead army. They were presumably sent to Earth in pursuit of the Autobots. Contrary to earlier reports, Scourge and Nightbird, though traditionally classified as Decepticons, are not playing Decepticons in the movie.
Transformers: Rise of the Beasts stars Hamilton’s Anthony Ramos as Noah, Judas and the Black Messiah’s Dominique Fishback as Elena, and Ugly Betty’s Lauren Vélez as Noah’s mother. It features the voice talents of Peter Cullen as Optimus Prime and Ron Perlman as Prime’s gorilla ancestor Optimus Primal of the Maximals. Steven Caple, Jr. is directing the screenplay penned by Army of the Dead’s Joby Harold. Transformers 7 releases on June 24, 2022.