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Transformers: Rise of the Beasts details revealed: characters, cast, locations

Transformers: Rise of the Beasts
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The first details on the next film in the Transformers franchise have been revealed via a virtual event to mark the start of production. Drawing on the Beast Wars series, the new film is titled Transformers: Rise of the Beasts, and it'll introduce factions beyond the well-worn likes of Autobots and Decepticons.

Rise of the Beasts will feature Maximals, Predacons, and Terracons, alongside returning stalwart Optimus Prime who’ll be seen in his G1 iteration. The lead human characters are Noah, played by Anthony Ramos (In the Heights (opens in new tab)) and Elena, played by Dominique Fishback (Judas and the Black Messiah (opens in new tab)) with director Steven Caple Jr. (Creed II (opens in new tab)) calling the shots.

Longtime franchise producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura promised a cross between the scale of the Michael Bay movies, and the heart of the recent Bumblebee standalone. “This is a spectacle story,” di Bonaventura says. “We’re going for the full experience our franchise has come to be known for.”

Caple Jr., a self-confessed fan who grew up on Beast Wars, joked that “spectacle and heart” was the film’s new hashtag. “Beast Wars, that was my joint,” he says. “Fans are going to go crazy over this.”

Confirmed Transformers include familiar faces Optimus Prime and Bumblebee, plus Arcee, Mirage, Nightbird, and the new big villain, Scourge. Among the Maximals - who disguise in prehistoric animal form - are Airazor, Rhinox and Optimus Primal.

Rise of the Beasts is set in 1994, with the story evolving out of Brooklyn, New York City. The globe-trotting action will extend to Machu Picchu in Peru.

Ramos and Fishback’s characters are both New Yorkers: Noah’s an ex-military man and an electronics whizz, and Elena is a researcher of artifacts.

Filming’s underway on what’s technically the seventh installment in the film franchise, and Transformers: Rise of the Beasts will open in cinemas on June 24, 2022. Until then, be sure to check out all the most exciting upcoming movies heading to cinemas

Matt Maytum
Deputy Editor, Total Film

I'm the Deputy Editor at Total Film magazine, looking after the long-form features there, and generally obsessing over all things Nolan, Kubrick and Pixar. Over the past decade I've worked in various roles for TF online and in print, including at GamesRadar+, and you can often hear me nattering on the Inside Total Film podcast. Bucket-list-ticking career highlights have included reporting from the set of Tenet and Avengers: Infinity War, as well as covering Comic-Con, TIFF and the Sundance Film Festival.