New Transformers: The Last Knight trailer explores its weird King Arthur mythology

The official synopsis for Transformers: The Last Knight promises this movie will “shatter the core myths” of the franchise, and it looks like it’s not just Autobot mythology that’ll be turned on its head. This trailer leans in to the whole “last knight” thing by focusing on robotic encounters with King Arthur and the knights of the round table (never learned about THAT in history books!), and positioning Optimus Prime as the “last knight” of his race who finally meets his maker face to face.

But man, this trailer has just about anything a Transformers fan could possibly want. Mystical robot knights? Check. Anthony Hopkins bringing gravitas to this sucker like no one else could? Check. Mark Wahlberg and a Megan Fox-looking female lead making eyes at each other as they save the world? Yep. Plenty of slow-mo, explosions, and gorgeous cinematography with gnashing metal clawing through the middle of the frame? Well, this is a Michael Bay film, so… you better believe it. 

There are also hints of Michael Giacchino’s ‘Life and Death’ theme from Lost in the score for this trailer, which seems to be aiming to hit us on a subconscious, emotional level.

What do you think? Are you psyched about this? Are you with Anthony Hopkins in believing Bay is a “genius” and a “savant” on the level of Spielberg and Scorsese?

Directed by Michael Bay and starring Mark Wahlberg, Anthony Hopkins, Josh Duhamel, and more, Transformers: The Last Knight hits theaters on June 23, 2017.

Image: Paramount Pictures