A few days ago, the latest issue of Empire Magazine showcased the new-and-improved look of Optimus Prime in Transformers: Age of Extinction. While the newest Transformers film is the fourth installment in the film series, Age of Extinction will follow a new set of characters, as well as many new Autobots and Decepticons. Characters like Sam Witwicky, Mikaela Banes, and Carly Spencer are out, but we’ll meet new additions including Mark Wahlberg’s Cade, a single father and struggling inventor; Nicola Peltz’s Tessa, Cade’s daughter; and Jack Reynor’s Shane, Tessa’s race car-driver boyfriend. New images from Age of Extinction featuring the cast of characters in action have surfaced on the Internet.
Most of the new images provide behind-the-scenes looks at the production, including shots of Michael Bay directing the actors. We also get a look at Wahlberg, Peltz, and Reynor in the middle of the action. Bay is known for being really hands on while shooting his films, and Age of Extinction looks to be no different. It seems that he’s not afraid to get his hands dirty as he’s making a movie.
We also get another look at the new versions of Optimus Prime and Bumblebee. It seems that Bumblebee might have found a new owner in Jack Reynor’s Shane character. Shane is a racecar driver and another one of his cars in the movie is an unnamed white Chevrolet Sonic RS rally car. In the images, Optimus Prime races through a scene with the Autobots Crosshairs, a green 2014 Chevrolet C7 Corvette Stingray; and Drift, a black and blue 2013 Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse, on either side of the Autobot leader.
Rob Moore, Vice Chairman of Paramount Pictures, recently said that the new Transformers trilogy is dependent on the box office success of Age of Extinction. If you consider that each movie in the Transformers film series has made more money than its predecessor, there’s no doubt that we’ll see Transformers 5 and 6 sometime in the near future. More importantly, though, is whether Michael Bay will return to direct those sequels. Bay was originally reluctant to direct Age of Extinction, but Paramount lured him back with more money and financing for his last film, Pain & Gain, which was a passion project for the 48-year-old director.
Paramount has yet to release a plot synopsis for the new Transformers film, but according to Bay and star Mark Wahlberg, Age of Extinction will take place in Chicago, four years after the events of Dark of the Moon. The new Transformers film will also feature new Autobots and Decepticons including the Dinobots and Cyclonus, respectively. It’s rumored that the film’s new villain will be Galvatron (the resurrected Megatron), and the planet-sized Transformer Unicron might factor in as well. Bay also described the film as a “chase from hell.”
The new Transformers film also stars 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.