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Ron Perlman Will Voice Optimus Primal in TRANSFORMERS 7

The Transformers franchise is returning to the big screen with a return to the ’90s. Paramount has announced the title of the seventh film in the franchise. Fans of the Beast Wars computer-animated series will finally be seeing some of their favorite robots join the fight, in Transformers: Rise of the Beasts. But the movie won’t be a straight adaptation of the show. Because this prequel will change the time and setting of when the Maximals, Predacons, and Terrorcons made their presence felt on Earth.

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Paramount shared the title of its next  big budget sentient-robot blockbuster during a virtual production kickoff event. The film’s title will have ’90s kids ready to line up for opening night. The movie will be based on the Beast Wars: Transformers animated series. It ran for three seasons and 52 episodes from 1996 to 1999. The show took place in the “future” on a dangerous planet. It starred the descendants of the Autobots and Decepitcons fighting for the future of their two factions. In reality, they waged war on a prehistoric Earth. Where, notably, no humans existed.

But the film won’t be following that exact timeline or setting. Even if the show’s main groups will all be involved, the movie will star human characters too. This is the film’s official logline from Paramount:

“Returning to the action and spectacle that first captured moviegoers around the world 14 years ago with the original Transformers, 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.”

Steven Caple Jr. (Creed II) directs. The film stars Anthony Ramos (Hamilton, In The Heights) and Dominique Fishback (Judas and the Black Messiah, The Deuce). On June 28, Collider first reported that Ron Perlman would provide the voice for the Maximals’ leader, Optimus Primal. Though the original voice actor of the character on Beast Wars was Garry Chalk, Perlman did play the character on the animated series Transformers: Power of the Primes.

Even though production just began, the war continues in theaters June 24, 2022. Making it the only date around the movie we’re 100% confident in.

Featured Image: Universal/Legendary Pictures

Originally published June 22, 2021.