Production is underway in Cuba for Transformers: The Last Knight, and there have already been a few shocks delivered by the fifth film in the franchise. Director Michael Bay recently revealed the new look for Megatron in the film and Anthony Hopkins (yes, that Anthony Hopkins) joined the picture as a cast member in an unknown role. Even Britain’s loneliest dog is getting in on the action.
The latest reveal from the film comes in the form of a Tweet from Bay, showcasing the new look for the silent Autobot Bumblebee. Check it out below:
As described in the Tweet, the new model is a custom-built Camaro from the good folks over at General Motors. This design looks a lot sleeker than Bumblebee’s previous forms. Now the question is if this will change the way he looks as a robot; that’s usually what it means when the car form gets a redesign. Bumblebee and Optimus Prime were both redesigned for Transformers: Age of Extinction, so it’s surprising that they are looking to change things up again so soon after the last film. I suppose Transformers updating their car body is like a human getting a haircut; sometimes you just have to change it up.
Bumblebee will be getting his own spinoff movie down the road, so it makes sense that he’s the first Autobot to be fully revealed for The Last Knight. Plus, he’s one of the only characters in the franchise to be in every single movie, so it’d be weird if he were absent in this one.
If Bumblebee is getting a redesign, then are the other Autobots going through a change as well? We don’t know what robot characters will be returning for the fifth film other than Optimus, Megatron, and Bumblebee, so it’s anyone’s guess at this point. The Transformers movies have a habit of making the Autobot and Decepticon side characters really forgettable, so we could be looking at a new cast of alien robots. Age of Extinction did a decent job of making more unique Transformers, in both design and personality, but there probably wouldn’t be too many complaints from fans if we saw some new additions to the franchise.
Little is known about Transformers: The Last Knight at the moment, but it will have something to do with Optimus Prime’s search for the creators of his race and Megatron is back as a villain (duh). Michael Bay returns to direct for possibly the final time, with a human cast consisting of Mark Wahlberg, Josh Duhamel, and Isabela Moner.
Transformers: The Last Knight is scheduled to release in theaters almost a year from now on June 23, 2017.