When talking about the cast of a Transformers film you might be speaking about the humans, or you might be speaking about the Autobots and Decepticons. I think, in this case, Michael Bay is talking about the humans. I think it would be commercially very damaging to oust, say, Peter Cullen from his role as Optimus Prime.
Hero Complex spoke to Bay about his plans for the next film in the monstrously successful series and came back with this:
The director, by the way, says that the fourth film will include some redesign of the robots and an entirely new cast. He also said it will be his last and set the franchise up “for the next guy.
Why “by the way”? Because their article is largely about the Transformers Ride and this was a tiny digression onto the subject of the next film.
Bay once promised that he’d leave the series after Transformers 3 but that film’s utterly insane box office would likely convince any studio to meet Bay’s every demand, condition and whim, let alone the one bursting at the seams with the money he’d just made for them.
I wonder what “some redesign of the robots” will mean in practice? And was there not “some redesign” for parts 2 and 3 already? I haven’t freeze framed the Blu-rays or anything, but I do seem to recall reading and, most likely, writing about some tweaks along the way.
I’m very curious to find out what the story of Transformers 4 will entail. Moving away from ‘Spike Witwicky and his Covergirl Victims’ they’ve got the choice of introducing another human protagonist or shifting emphasis to a Transformer, perhaps most likely to be Optimus Prime. I know that fans have been crying out for the latter, but is that really going to hold much sway? I expect the mainstream audience, globally, would want a human story to focus on up front.
I also think that Bay’s “next guy” comment is interesting. Is the plan to completely close things down in the fourth chapter, then? Or will it actually offer set-up of new situations, ripe for when Jonathan Liebesman or Louis Leterrier (crazy guesses, shots in the dark, could be anyone, no experience of Titans necessary ) takes over the megaphone? And if so, is this “new guy” going to have any say in how the set up is done?