These days just about the only things that are certain are death, taxes, and more Transformers films. That’s because director Michael Bay’s blockbuster series has earned a staggering $3.7 billion worldwide to date and even while ticket sales in North America have fallen slightly with recent sequels, the international box office has shown upward momentum. So when Transformers 5, now titled Transformers: The Last Knight, arrives in theaters next June, you shouldn’t expect it to be the last. Here’s what we know so far about the fifth film in the franchise.
1. The title could be a hint about crossovers
Shared universes are all the rage right now — we have X-Men at 20th Century Fox, DC Comics at Warner Bros., and Marvel Comics at Disney. And now it seems that Transformers is set to join the fray if you believe some very credible theories outlined in Forbes. One theory is rooted in one of Hasbro’s other action-figure franchises with a movie already planned: Rom the spaceknight. Toy fans will know that Rom is able to travel through space and is the last of a race of knights making this idea fit just a little too perfectly. Add in the fact that THR has already reported that Hasbro is planning a shared cinematic universe with Micronauts, G.I. Joe, M.A.S.K., and the Visionaries, and you’re left with one question: Why wouldn’t Hasbro add Transformers and Rom to its shared universe?
2. The film was partially shot in Cuba
As Collider points out, Transformers: The Last Knight is the second major Hollywood film to start production in Cuba following President Obama’s lifting of restrictions (the first was Fast 8). Now that film production is free to come to Cuba, don’t be surprised to see a variety of films visit the island that is famously untouched aesthetically. And from a vehicle standpoint, the country is filled to the brim with classic cars sure to be implemented in Transformers: The Last Knight.
3. Some new cast and crew members are coming
The key members from previous films are still here — director Michael Bay, actors Mark Wahlberg and Josh Duhamel — but there are also some new additions. On the acting front we have comedian Jerrod Carmichael (Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, The Carmichael Show) joining the series along with young Nickelodeon star Isabela Moner. But perhaps the most interesting addition to the film series is cinematographer Jonathan Sela whose credits include cult hit John Wick and A Good Day to Die Hard among others.
4. Optimus Prime’s eyes in the teaser could be a clue
While the title itself could be referring to several things, it’s Optimus’s changing eye color in the teaser that seems to suggest the most concrete possibilities in the upcoming film. One of those possibilities is that Transformers: The Last Knight will see the film’s heroes come face to face Optimus’s doppelgänger Nemesis Prime. It could also mean that Optimus will somehow become corrupted in the film, making him the enemy of the story. But this is what a teaser is all about: lots of questions and very few answers.
5. Megatron will be back
Megatron — the leader of the Decepticons — is set to return in the new Transformers movie. Michael Bay himself seemed to confirm the news via an Instagram post, seen above.
6. Combaticons are coming
Director Michael Bay recently took to Twitter to share yet another image from the upcoming movie Transformers: The Last Knight. As noted in his tweet, this image is of Onslaught, one of the members of the Combaticons. In the Transformers universe, the Combaticons tend to assume the form of military vehicles and are aligned with the Decepticons. When combined, all the Combaticons can also form a super robot known as Bruticus.
New images of Autobots that will also be appearing in Transformers: The Last Knight have been revealed via the movie’s official Twitter account.
8. The story may connect with the legend of King Arthur
That’s right, you read that correctly. According to the BBC, scenes for Transformers: The Last Knight are being filmed on the Isle of Skye. Several actors were spotted riding horses and wearing medieval garb, which seems to lend credence to a previous rumor reported by CinemaBlend that suggested the story of the movie would somehow tie in to Arthurian legend in general and Merlin in particular. On a possibly related note, the cast includes Anthony Hopkins, who would make a pretty good Merlin in our book.
Transformers: The Last Knight is scheduled to land in U.S. theaters on June 23, 2017.
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