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Transformers: Age of Extinction Adds Lockdown To The Decepticon Forces

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transformers-age-of-extinction-lamborghini-aventador-lp-700-4-coupe-lockdownWe’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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Transformers: Age of Extinction Producer Says The New Film Is Not A Reboot

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CadeBefore Transformers: Age of Extinction went into production, director Michael Bay said that the movie would be a complete re-design of the franchise, rather than an outright reboot. While it remains to be seen what exactly that means, one of Age of Extinction‘s producers chimed in with how Transformers 4 will build off of the last film in the series, Dark of the Moon.

In an interview with The Hollywood News, producer Lorenzo Di Bonaventura talks about Age of Extinction and why the film series needed to go in another direction after the success of Dark of the Moon in 2011. While Age of Extinction will acknowledge the events of Dark of the Moon, Transformers 4 will follow new characters. Di Bonaventura compares what Bay and his team are doing with Age of Extinction to the Star Wars film franchise. Di Bonaventura says:

It’s definitely not a reboot. It’s an interesting question about what you should call it. On a certain level it’s a continuation of the previous stories, in the fact that it acknowledges what has transpired before it. It acknowledges in the last movie, the destruction of Chicago, it’s actually something that carries through the sort of emotional repercussions of that, not unlike 9/11 has emotional repercussions in the real world. In a fantasy world there are repercussions to what occurred.

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Transformers: Age of Extinction Finds A Film Composer With Steve Jablonsky

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Steve JablonskyWith only five months until it’s released, Transformers: Age of Extinction is said to be a complete re-imagining and re-design of what we know from the first Transformers film trilogy. That’s a claim that seems odd given that the new-and-improved film will feature some of the old filmmakers behind the scenes, especially director Michael Bay. If Paramount and Hasbro wanted a new series, they should have gotten some new blood behind the camera as well as in front of it. Bay is currently in the middle of post-production for Transformers 4, and the 48-year-old action auteur is bringing back another collaborator from the earlier Transformers films.

In an interview with JoBlo.com, film composer Steve Jablonsky reveals that he will score Transformers: Age of Extinction. Jablonsky says:

“I haven’t quite met with Michael on Transformers 4 yet, but I have heard probably he wants to do something new which I am totally up for. I think it’s a….I don’t know if you call it a reboot, but it’s all different actors and I haven’t seen it yet. We will see if, if you even hear that theme in the new ones or not. I am not sure yet.

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Transformers: Age Of Extinction Toy Offers Your First Look At The Dinobots, Sort Of

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DinobotsWhen Michael Bay said that the new Transformers trilogy will be a complete re-design of what we know from the widely popular franchise, we figured that Age of Extinction would feature new Autobots and Decepticons. When it came out that the fan-favorite Dinobots would appear in the new film, fans got excited to see Bay bring the pre-historic Transformers to life, and now we have our first, though admittedly oblique, look.

According to Seibertron, packaging for the Age of Extinction toy line reveals the Dinobots in their dinosaur state. The packaging features Grimlock (Tyrannosaurus Rex), Slag (Triceratops), Slash (Velociraptor), Swoop (Pterodactyl), and a mysterious Spinosaurus. The new-and-improved Optimus Prime also sits pretty on the front of the box. Considering the box art, this seems likely to be the box for a new Optimus Prime toy.

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Michael Bay Melts Down On Stage While Promoting Transformers: Age Of Extinction

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Much like his movies, Michael Bay is larger than life. He has a big personality and an ego that rivals that of James Cameron’s, so it’s surprising to see him experience an awkward and all-too-human moment. But that’s precisely what happened on stage at this year’s Consumer Electronic Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The 48-year-old director joined Samsung Executive Vice President Joe Stinziano to introduce the South Korean-based electronic company’s first 105-inch curved Ultra HD TV (gimmie!). It seems that Bay doesn’t get along with teleprompters because the action auteur melted down in front of hundreds of convention attendees. Unable to “wing it,” Bay eventually left the stage altogether, leaving Joe Stinziano to carry on with the presentation alone.

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Transformers: Age of Extinction — How Irish Actor Jack Reynor Landed A Lead Role

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jack reynorWhile Michael Bay is enjoying the (surprising) critical success of Pain & Gain, his next movie will return the action director to his one and only franchise, Transformers. The fourth installment in the film series, Age of Extinction, is a complete re-launch of the existing film trilogy. It will introduce new Autobots such as the Dinobots and new Decepticons like the film’s villain Cyclonus. Michael Bay’s new movie will also introduce a new human cast, including Irish actor Jack Reynor.

While Jack Reyner is mostly unknown, Bay selected the 23-year-old actor based on his performance in the Irish movie What Richard Did. Reynor played the film’s titular character, Richard Karlsen, a star athlete whose promising career comes to an end when he assaults a rival. Apparently, Bay was so drawn by Reynor’s performance in the film that he had to cast him in a leading role in Age of Extinction.

As Reynor was shooting the film remake Delivery Man for Canadian director Ken Scott, based on Scott’s own French-Canadian film Starbuck, the 43-year-old director told The Herald about Reynor getting the call to be in Transformers 4.