Cade Yeager. The name flows off of the tongue. If God had a second son, he'd likely name him Cade Yeager. But instead, Michael Bay claimed the name, and handed it to Mark Wahlberg for the benefit of the Transformers franchise. We first met Cade Yeager in Transformers: Age of Extinction, where the junker was pulled into the war between Autobots and Decepticons because he "rescued" Optimus Prime from a scrap heap. Wahlberg's journey continues in next summer's Transformers: The Last Knight, though he'll be a different man in the upcoming sequel. He'll be a fugitive. Wahlberg says:
He's like a man on the run, which is fun. It's a bit of an adventure story. ... You meet up with Cade now, and he's living elsewhere, and he's basically had to go on his own on the run... to protect his daughter and make sure that she is no longer hunted in the way that Cade is. But yeah, [he's] a loner.
Cade Yeager's daughter, Tessa (Nicola Peltz), was caught up in the Bay-hem of Transformers: Age of Extinction, driving her father into hysteria when he had to board a spaceship to retrieve her kidnapped rear end. At the end of the sequel, Optimus Prime ordered the Autobots to watch over the Yeager family, though it sounds like Cade is taking matters into his own hands, and protecting Tessa by staying far away from her. Maybe she's tucked away somewhere, safe? She is not a credited actress in Transformers: The Last Knight, so I'm banking on Mark Wahlberg, who was speaking with Collider, having a line or two about what happened to her, before all of the explosions start.
Not that Transformers: The Last Knight is hurting for human cast members. In what was viewed by many as a relaunch for the ongoing robot franchise, the movie is bringing back Mark Wahlberg, Stanley Tucci, John Turturro and the military might of Josh Duhamel and Tyrese. There will be new faces as well -- none more famous than Sir Anthony Hopkins -- but The Last Knight is shaping up to be a real balance of the familiar, and the potential for future stories.
This was just the opening salvo in the ongoing campaign leading up to Transformers: The Last Knight. We expect that the next trailer will open up more doors, as we rattled off 10 moments the first trailer didn't even show off. And when it comes to Cade Yeager, the more, the merrier. Transformers: The Last Knight will be in theaters on June 23, 2017. See you then.