It's been some time since we had a Transformers movie, after Bumblebee came out in 2018. The "prequel" was effectively a reboot of the entire Transformers cinematic universe. But, while it was a solo adventure, the next Transformers film won't be.
Paramount Pictures confirmed Transformers: Rise of the Beasts as the seventh installment of the Transformers franchise. The film will be a sequel to Bumblebee and will be set in 1994, seven years after the events of the previous movie.
Rise of the Beasts will borrow elements from the Beastwars storyline featuring the factions: Maximals, Predacons, and Terrorcons. Anthony Ramos and Dominique Fishback will lead the cast as Noah and Elena, respectively. Peter Cullen is returning to voice Optimus Prime while Ron Perlman will be the voice actor for Optimus Primal.
Steven Caple Jr., the director of Transformers: Rise of the Beast, recently revealed in an Instagram post that Pete Davidson and Michelle Yeoh are joining cast of the movie. In the post, both actors were seen in the studio doing voice recording for the film.
Pete Davidson is a Saturday Night Live alumnus and appeared in several films including The Suicide Squad where he played Blackguard. The actor voiced the eponymous character Marmaduke and Jerry from Angry Birds 2.
Davidson will be the second voice actor for the Autobot Mirage. The role was filled by the late Francesco Quinn in Transformers: Dark of the Moon. Mirage's transformation in the new movie is a Porsche 964.
Michelle Yeoh has appeared in numerous big-budget movies including Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings where she played as Shang-Chi’s aunt Ying Nan. She also recently appeared in the critically acclaimed movie Everything Everywhere All at Once.
Yeoh will lend her voice to Airazor, a Maximal who can transform into a peregrine falcon. The actor also has voice acting credits in the movies Minions: The Rise of Gru and Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank.
Transformers: Rise of the Beasts will be the first movie in the new trilogy. The movie will be out on June 9 after an earlier delay.