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Transformers: Age Of Extinction Cast Adds John Goodman And Ken Watanabe

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TF4-Logo-980-400Michael Bay’s latest giant robot adventure, Transformers: Age of Extinction, is now less than two months away. While you normally think that a big, tentpole movie like this would have all of its ducks in a row, so to speak, by this point in the game, that doesn’t mean every last bit is in place. In fact, two notable actors have just joined the party. Reports say that both John Goodman and Ken Watanabe have been added to the cast in voice only roles.

This news comes directly from Bay’s website. In an era in Hollywood where secrecy is king—just think of the layers of security surrounding every last detail for movies like J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII and Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar—the report actually says exactly what characters each actor will play.

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Transformers: Age Of Extinction Imports An International Trailer

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If Michael Bay’s Transformers: Age of Extinction doesn’t close out the summer as the highest grossing movie of the blockbuster season, a lot of people are going to be very surprised. And that’s regardless of whether or not it’s any good or whether or not critics savage it. Over time, the films have proven entirely immune to reviews and have raked in billions of dollars around the world. In that spirit, we have a new Japanese trailer, complete with a half-hearted sounding introduction from star Mark Wahlberg.

This video plays like a more stripped down, action packed version of the official American trailer. In large part this strips away all of the superfluous stuff—you know, like story and character—and show you what you came to see, giant robots fighting giant robots, and that’s okay with us. The movies have never been known as a bastion of stellar character work or for displays of acting chops. And you have to worry that Stanley Tucci is going to hurt that bit old robot’s feelings when he tells the Transformers that we, as humans, no longer need them.

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Transformers: Age Of Extinction TV Ad Claims The Transformers Are Over

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We all know that director Michael Bay’s Transformers: Age of Extinction is going to be a huge hit this summer. And now that we know for sure it’s the start of a new trilogy, there is going to be a ton more robot action in our future. Even though Paramount could probably just dump a new Transformers movie in the theater and bring in an absurd amount of money, that’s never stopped them from going all out on the promotion end of things. Last night, during the MTV Movie Awards, the studio debuted a new TV ad for Age of Extinction, and today they’re right back at it with three new photos.

This video plays like many of the other spots and trailers we’ve seen. It introduces us to the new hero of the franchise, an inventor/mechanic named Cade, played by Mark Wahlberg. As indicated, some time has past since the last movie, Dark of the Moon, and Transformers themselves have, apparently, become a thing of the past. We’ll get to the reality of that claim in a moment.

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Transformers: Age Of Extinction Kicks Off A New Trilogy Possibly Without Michael Bay

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Transformer: Age of ExtinctionGiven that the first three films in franchise have already raked in billions—yes, that last word is with a B and an S—of dollars worldwide, nothing we say here will have much impact on whether or not audiences show up for Michael Bay’s latest giant robot adventure, Transformers: Age of Extinction. The crowds will most certainly be there for the fourth installment. The one thing that we could say to hype things up, however, is that the Dino-bots finally show up for some fun, and are featured, among others, in this new collection of character posters. Bay also confirmed some speculation about the future of the franchise, as well as his potential involvement.

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Transformers: Age Of Extinction Poster Chases Down Mark Wahlberg

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new one sheetMichael Bay has two big action blockbusters coming out this summer. He produced the rebooted Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which opens in August, but he also directed Transformers: Age of Extinction, which is believed to be his last in the film franchise. Many expect the film to be the biggest of the series, and Paramount Pictures released a new poster that shows off the scale and scope of the latest Transformers movie.

The new poster showcases the film’s leads Mark Wahlberg, a struggling inventor named Cade Yaeger, and his teenaged daughter, a computer whiz named Tessa, played by The Last Airbender’s Nicola Peltz. They’re running away from their country farm as a gigantic alien spaceship descends on their home. This is the same spaceship that has appeared in the teaser and theatrical trailer, and it sure looks epic in this IMAX poster. This also let’s potential viewers know that this is a different type of Transformers movie and will feature all sorts of new fun. Considering Bay’s love for the American Flag, I’m surprised that Old Glory isn’t flapping in the background as well.

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Transformers: Age of Extinction CinemaCon Footage Reveals Major Twist

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age of extinctionWith CinemaCon well underway and all the major movie studios and theater chains in Las Vegas to showoff their latest and greatest, Paramount Pictures has definitely put Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Transformers: Age of Extinction. Paramount screened footage of the next Transformers film for press and exhibitors during CinemaCon and io9’s Meredith Woerner supplied a pretty entertaining rundown of they saw.

Warning: At least one major spoiler for Age of Extinction below!

We get an introduction to Mark Wahlberg’s character, Cade Yaeger. He’s an inventor and single father, tasked with raising his leggy teenage daughter Tessa (Nicola Peltz) after the loss of her mother. The footage is described as “the most Michael Bay-iest movie ever.” This is a good thing if you’re a fan of his work (like I am), but if you’re not, it’s not likely this movie will convert you. Apparently Tessa is some sort of computer whiz and programmer, which I’m sure will come into play later on in the movie. The footage screened also shed some light on why the U.S. Government wants to hunt down all of the remaining Transformers after the events of Dark of the Moon. Woerner writes: