The Transformers movie franchise has been throwing explosive insanity at moviegoers since 2007, and next year, the conflict between the Autobots and Decepticons continues in Transformers: The Last Knight. From what's been revealed in castings, reports and set videos so far, the fifth movie in the series could be the craziest entry yet. That idea has been strengthened thanks to The Last Knight's first trailer finally arriving online. Check it out!
If there's one thing that can class up a Transformers movie, it's narration from Anthony Hopkins. The Last Knight trailer begins of historical scenes, from medieval archers shooting flaming arrows to a battle in Nazi-controlled territory during World War II, as Hopkins' character tells us that victory isn't possible without sacrifice. From there, we learn how dire things are on Earth in the present day. A city is devastated, Optimus Prime is floating lifeless out in space and the human protagonist from Age of Extinction, Cade Yeager, appears to be wanted by authorities. To make matters worse, an immense and surely evil force is heading to Earth. What else is new?
Then we get to the familiar kind of Transformers insanity. The robots in disguise tearing each other apart, humans doing what they can in these conflicts with guns and explosives, etc. However, the trailer ends with a truly shocking moment, as we see Bumblebee charging at a now-operating Optimus Prime, but the latter grabs the former, slams him into the ground and seemingly impales him. If it weren't for his popularity and the fact that a spinoff has already been announced, I'd wonder if this series had actually decided to kill off Bumblebee permanently.
Yep, as mentioned earlier, Transformers: The Last Knight won't bring any calmness or tranquility to this fictional universe. TheAutobots and Decepticons are still at war with each other in the modern era, and the trailer confirmed previous reports that we'll be visiting multiple time periods. Yes, these robotics beings have had been involved in Earth's affairs longer than previously suggested. Of course, there are still plenty of questions that need answering. What's happened on Earth between Age of Extinction and The Last Knight to make things even worse on our planet? Why is Optimus Prime attacking Bumblebee? How does the Arthurian era and World War II fit into the plot? Ideally all these elements come together to form a seamless story, but that might be too much to hope for.
As far as the human characters go, Transformers: The Last Knight's lineup of returning faces includes Mark Wahlberg as Cade Yeager, Josh Duhamel as William Lennox, Tyrese Gibson as Robert Epps, Stanley Tucci as Joshua Joyce and John Turturro as Seymour Simmons. The new players being introduced include Isabela Moner as Izabella, Liam Garrigan as King Arthur, Jerrod Carmichael, Mitch Pileggi, Laura Haddock and Anthony Hopkins.
Transformers: The Last Knight hits theaters on June 23, 2017. While this will be Michael Bay's last time directing a Transformers film, the series is already set to continue afterwards with Transformers 6 and a Bumblebee spinoff.