Something primal has awakened. After a pretty long break away from the big screen, the Autobots are coming back to the big screen next summer for Transformers: Rise of the Beasts. This represents the first live-action film since 2018’s Bumblebee. It’s also the first main entry in the series to not be directed by Michael Bay, who stepped away following 2017’s The Last Knight. This time? We’re headed back to the ‘90s and yes, we’re getting live-action Beast Wars. Check it out.
There is an awful lot going on here. One of the first things is that many of the familiar Autobots have been redesigned a little bit. These bots should look more familiar to those who enjoyed the Transformers animated series from the ‘80s. It also appears as though this is picking up several years after the events of Bumblebee, which took place in the ‘80s. But Hailee Steinfeld’s character isn’t returning. Rather, it’s Anthony Ramos (In the Heights) as our lead human character. But the big draw here is that we get to see Optimus Primal and several other key characters from Beast Wars. This marks the first time we’re getting them in live-action, and that’s a big deal.
Here is the synopsis for Transformers: Rises of the Beasts.
“Returning to the action and spectacle that have captured moviegoers around the world, Transformers: Rise of the Beasts will take audiences on a ‘90s globetrotting adventure and introduce the Maximals, Predacons, and Terrorcons to the existing battle on earth between Autobots and Decepticons.”
Dominique Fishback (Project Power) also stars alongside Ramos. Steven Caple Jr. (Creed II) directed the movie, with Steven Spielberg, Brian Goldner, David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, Don Granger, Brian Oliver, Bradley J. Fischer and Valerii An on board as executive producers. Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Tom DeSanto, Don Murphy, Michael Bay, Mark Vahradian and Duncan Henderson are also serving as producers.
Originally, the movie was supposed to hit theaters this past summer. However, Paramount decided to delay it a full year. That likely gave Ramos and the team plenty of time to finish the movie. There is no need to rush it at this point. The Transformers franchise has earned more than $4.8 billion at the global box office, and it’s hugely important to the studio. That said, The Last Knight earned just $602 million against a huge $217 million production budget, and the reset button had to be hit. We’ll see if the patience pays off.
Transformers: Rise of the Beasts is set to hit theaters on June 9, 2023.