It’s been a minute since we last had a Transformers movie on the big screen, and depending on your tolerance for talking corvettes, that might be a good thing. But the blockbuster franchise is officially booting back up following 2018’s Bumblebee.
Transformers: Rise of the Beasts is set in the year 1994, a few years after Bumblebee‘s 1987 time period and before the Bay-backed movies.
Director Steven Caple Jr. and producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura participated in a moderated panel back in June 2021 to reveal the first details of the film. They confirmed Optimus Prime is still the main character.
“He’s new to earth. He doesn’t have a connection to earth the way he does when we met him in the Bay films and in the animation series, where he’s already a protector of earth,”
“In this film, it’s forming why he has a link to humanity and why he has a link to earth, and that’s emotional.”
Rise of the Beasts will still have the Autobots, like Bumblebee, and their primary adversaries, the Decepticons. But we’ll also meet the Maximals, the Predacons, and the Terrorcons as a war breaks out among them.