With production underway in Chicago, Transformers: Age of Extinction and Paramount Pictures has started releasing new images from the film. Recently, an official behind-the-scenes image of Michael Bay shooting the newest addition to the franchise emerged, while another behind-the-scenes image shows off the crew of the film busy at work putting the new movie together. Now Paramount wants assure fans that there are actual people in the film, and released this image of the human cast gazing off into the distance.
The cast photo was released on Bay’s official website, and features Mark Wahlberg’s Cade, a mechanic that makes a discovery that attracts the attention of the Autobots, Decepticons and a government official. The picture also show Nicola Peltz as Tessa, Cade’s teenaged daughter, and Jack Reynor, who plays Shane, Tessa’s boyfriend and a racecar driver who most likely drives the Autobot Sonic RS Rally Car. Other character names were also released, which include Kelsey Grammer as C.I.A. Agent Harold Attinger; T. J. Miller’s Lucas, Cade’s best friend and a mechanic; Stanley Tucci as Joshua; and Sophia Myles’ Darcy, a scientist.
Fans may find it strange that the newest chapter won’t feature Shia LaBeouf, but if we can live in a world where a Transformers movie doesn’t feature Megan Fox, I think we can survive. Even beyond the casting, Transformers: Age of Extinction feels like a different film, and this entry is going to be a complete re-design.
The next installment also features new Autobots like Hound, Drift, and a car version of Slingshot, who has been traditionally a het. On the Decepticon side, we’ve seen a Freightliner that might be Motormaster in the mix, and a mysterious (and expensive) Pagani Huayra that has yet to be identified. But don’t worry, the new film also features old favorites like Optimus Prime, SideSwipe, and Bumblebee. The old guard is definitely still around and kicking.
Rumors that the Dinobots would make an appearance circulated before we got a firm confirmation from Age of Extinction producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura. This addition should please Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner, who wants new Transformers in the movie as a way to boost falling toy sales. If successful, look for future Transformers movies to feature other sub-groups and factions like the Junkicons, Predacons, or Aerialbots.
Meanwhile, there are no plot details or a synopsis available for Transformers: Age of Extinction, but Michael Bay describes the movie as a “chase from hell.” He’s also said that the new movie takes place four years after the events of Dark of the Moon. There have been rumors that the movie may feature fan-favorite villain Unicron, as well as the possible return of Megatron.
Transformers: Age of Extinction will hits theaters everywhere in IMAX and 3D on June 27, 2014.