It would seem that the next Transformers film is going to take place in the already established world of the first three but with both old and new characters amongst both the human and robot cast.
In respect of those new characters, a casting call seems to be circulating, and Spoiler TV would appear to have gotten their hands on it. The info is light at the moment, but still intriguing:
The new female lead that they are looking for is a high school senior and her boyfriend a Texas racing driver.
So she’s the lead lead? In a ‘boys’ movie? About cars? That’s practically radical by Michael Bay standards, right? I hope it’s not just a function of Spoiler TV’s phrasing.
The only Formula 1 racer I can think of is Mirage, and I’ve got no idea about Nascar-friendly Transformers at all. You’ll have to fill me in on who this boyfriend might end up driving.
Glenn Morshower appeared in all of the first three films and the new theme park ride as… General Morshower. That probably saved confusion on the set, anyway. Back in September, Morshower said he had received confirmation that he’d be returning for more. Maybe two more.
After I did the opening ceremonies for the ride, Steven Spielberg walked up to me and chatted and said ‘You know we’ve got you set to do the fourth one and probably the fifth one right on the heels of that. So, I guess in December we are on our way to making 4 and 5.
You can hear it right out of his mouth in this clip.
Bay has also promised to bring back Peter Cullen as Optimus Prime though, in the summer at least, Cullen didn’t know this himself. Here’s an exchange from the Huffington Post:
I spoke to Peter Cullen at Comic Con earlier this year. He said he doesn’t know if he’s going to be back as the voice of Optimus Prime or not. He’ll be back, right?
Of course! Of course.
And now, Hugo Weaving has told Collider he’s yet to be approached about reprising the role of Megatron. He then went on to discuss his feelings towards the role:
That’s a weird job for me because it honestly was a two-hour voice job, initially. I was doing a play and I actually didn’t have time, anyway. It was one of the only things I’ve ever done where I had no knowledge of it, I didn’t care about it, I didn’t think about it. They wanted me to do it. In one way, I regret that bit. I don’t regret doing it, but I very rarely do something if it’s meaningless. It was meaningless to me, honestly. I don’t mean that in any nasty way. I did it. It was a two-hour voice job, while I was doing other things. Of course, it’s a massive film that’s made masses of money. I just happened to be the voice of one of the iconic villainous characters. But, my link to that and to Michael Bay is so minimal. I have never met him. I was never on set. I’ve seen his face on Skype. I know nothing about him, really. I just went in and did it. I never read the script. I just have my lines, and I don’t know what they mean. That sounds absolutely pathetic! I’ve never done anything like that, in my life. It’s hard to say any more about it than that, really.
He feels a similar way about The Red Skull in Captain America, incidentally:
It’s not something I would want to do again. I’m glad I did it. I did sign up for a number of pictures and I suppose, contractually, I would be obliged to, if they forced me to, but they wouldn’t want to force someone to do it, if they didn’t want to. I think I’ve done my dash with that sort of film. It was good to do it and try it out, but to be honest, it’s not the sort of film I seek out and really am excited by.
Fair play, Sir.
Transformers 4 and maybe 5 seem to be gearing up to shoot soon. Ehren Kruger was writing the screenplay, last we heard, with a brief to take some of the action off Earth and into space. Michael Bay is on board for at least part 4. At least.
Expect a lot of this to crystalise in the coming weeks.