Transformers: Rise of the Beasts has cast Ron Perlman (Hellboy) as Optimus Primal, the leader of the Maximals.
Announced by Collider, Perlman takes the place of original voice actor Garry Chalk – although he has played the character previously, in Transformers: Power of the Primes. Optimus Primal is leader of the Maximals and captain of the Axalon spaceship – and his beast mode form is a gorilla.Optimus Primal in Transformers: Power of the Primes. (Source: Transformers Official YouTube)
Transformers: Rise of the Beasts was announced last week, and will introduce the Transformers: Beast Wars mythology to the Transformers movie series. Until now, the series has focused exclusively on Autobots and Decepticons, but the new movie will add Maximals, Predacons, and Terrorcons to the mix. It will be directed by Steven Caple Jr. (Creed 2), and arrives on June 24, 2022.
Set in the ’90s and taking place across Brooklyn, New York and Peru, the movie will see Maximals and Predacons, who are time travelling, robotic prehistoric animals, take their fight to Earth. Noah, an ex-military electronics whiz played by In the Heights’ Anthony Ramos, and Elena, an artifacts researcher played by Dominique Fishback (Judas and the Black Messiah) become embroiled in the battle.
“One of the most important things we were trying to do, with this movie, is give the audience a lot of ‘new,'” said producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura at a press event last week. “Our hope was ‘how do we find a new set of villains?’ and ‘how do we find a new set of priorities for these villains?’ If you’ve seen and been a fan of the other movies, you’re going to see villains you’ve never seen before, you’re going to see Autobots you’ve never seen before. It’s one of the driving decisions we’re making. Fortunately for us, Transformers has a lot of tribes so there’s a really large base of characters. This movie is bringing a lot of those tribes together.”