Transformers: Rise of the Beasts just got its first teaser trailer.
The upcoming Transformers movie sees the war between Autobots and Decepticons rolling on while introducing the Maximals, Predacons, and Terrorcons for the first time.
“For millions of years our world has transformed,” read the ominous title cards. “But something else has awakened.”
The trailer sees the return of legendary Transformer, Optimus Prime as well as fan-favorite, Bumblebee, who recently had its own spin-off film.
Speaking of which, it looks as though Rise of the Beasts is set in 1994, shortly after the events of the spin-off. In fact, the new film is said to be “a ‘90s globetrotting adventure with the Autobots and introduce a whole new breed of Transformer – the Maximals – to the existing battle on earth between Autobots and Decepticons.”
Transformers: Rise of the Beasts stars Peter Cullen as Optimus Prime alongside the legendary Ron Perlman as the gorilla-inspired Optimus Primal. Pete Davidson voices Mirage, with Liza Koshy as Arcee, Cristo Fernández as Wheeljack, and John DiMaggio as Stratosphere.
Additionally, we get a glimpse of the other Maximals, Airazor (Michelle Yeoh), Rhinox (David Sobolov), and Cheetor who will be facing off against a new enemy – the Predacons and Terrorcons.
There, you’ll find Peter Dinklage as Scourge, Michaela Jaé Rodriguez as Nightbird, and David Sobolov as Battletrap.As tends to be the case with recent Transformers stories, neither Noah nor Elena know about the Cybertronians like Optimus Prime (Peter Cullen) hiding in secret on Earth disguised as various kinds of ordinary human vehicles. But unlike previous Transformers films, Rise of the Beasts is set to introduce a number of Beast Wars’ Maximals and Predacons — Transformers whose alternate forms are based on organic animals. Though Paramount’s recent Transformers movies have touched on the idea of Cybertronians turning into organic beings, Optimus seems downright shocked to meet Optimus Primal (Ron Perlman) in his gorilla form.
Rise of the Beasts will star Anthony Ramos and Dominique Fishback on the human side of the conflict and is directed by Steven Caple Jr.
The film was first announced in 2021 and was due to be released this year before being delayed a whole year until 2023. Caple celebrated wrapping production on the movie with a rather cool post on Instagram showing him in the driver’s seat of the Optimus Prime truck.
Transformers: Rise of the Beasts heads to theaters on June 9, 2023.
Here watch the trailer:
The trailer makes it hard to tell whether Rise of the Beasts will dig into Beast Wars’ story of how the Maximals and Predacons — who are actually from the distant future — accidentally ended up in the prehistoric past due to an incident involving time travel. But it does make it stunningly clear that classic characters like Airazor (Michelle Yeoh), Cheetor, and Rhinox are going to be in the mix as Prime and his allies try to save the planet from destruction once again.