We’ll get our first look at Transformers: Age of Extinction during Super Bowl XLVIII next week (along with Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy), but it’s still unclear what new Autobots and Decepticons will appear in the film. When the project was first announced, Paramount and director Michael Bay stated that this will be a complete re-design of the existing trilogy. While Hasbro wants to sell new Transformers toys, old favorites are likely to appear. You can bet you’ll see Optimus Prime and Bumblebee alongside new additions like Slingshot, Motormaster, and Hound. A mysterious Lamborghini has been seen among the new additions, and now we may know what to cal him.
Back in June, Bay posted an image of a cherry Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 Coupe. While I speculated that it might be the Autobot Sideswipe, it turns out that this vehicle is that Transformer’s evil counterpart. According to Comic Book Movie, a toy list from Hasbro has emerged from the London Toy Fair 2014. The merchandise guide identifies the car as the Decepticon Lockdown.
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Lockdown is a rogue Transformer that plays both sides of the Civil War. He has no allegiance to the Autobots or Megatron (just like The Dinobots), and switches sides from time to time. In Age of Extinction, Lockdown will be a Decepticon, but also a bounty hunter. In this case, he’ll most likely track down Optimus Prime, who is rumored to be on the run from the Decepticons, as well as human officials. Furthermore, Lockdown might have a rivalry with Bumblebee, according to the merch guide.
Recently, Age of Extinction producer Lorenzo Di Bonaventura opened up about how this is not a reboot, but rather an extension of the events of Dark of the Moon. The new trilogy acknowledges what came before it, while expanding on that world. Di Bonaventura also compared Age of Extinction to what George Lucas did in 1999 with the release of The Phantom Menace.
Additionally, composer Steve Jablonsky was added to Age of Extinction‘s post-production process. He has scored all of the other Transformers movies, so it’s no surprise that he’ll be on board for a fourth film. A frequent collaborator with Bay, he has worked on movies such as Pain & Gain and The Island.
Age of Extinction takes place in Chicago, four years after the events of Dark of the Moon. The movie centers on an inventor named Cade, his teenage daughter Tessa, and her boyfriend Shane, as they “discover a buried Transformer which sets the stage for the return of the rest of the Transformers.” The film stars Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor, Stanley Tucci, Sophia Myles, T.J. Miller, Victoria Summer, Li Bingbing, Titus Welliver, Kelsey Grammer, and Peter Cullen.
Transformers: Age of Extinction hits theaters everywhere on June 27, 2014, in 3D and IMAX.