Transformers: Rise of the Beasts trailer is out. Paramount Pictures has dropped a trailer for the highly-anticipated reboot, which promises plenty of metallic mayhem based on the Beast Wars storyline. The film is directed by Steven Caple Jr. (Creed II), introducing the beast-like Maximals and Terrorcons to the existing battle on Earth between the Autobots and Decepticons. Set in the ’90s, the trailer offers a first look at Ron Pearlman’s Optimus Primal, the gorilla-like leader of the Maximals who serves as a harbinger of bad news. Transformers: Rise of the Beasts will be released in June next year.
The trailer for Transformers: Rise of the Beasts opens with a series of foreboding title cards as we are introduced to Brooklyn, New York in the 90s. “For millions of years our world has changed. But something else has awakened,” it says, before cutting to a dense jungle inhabited by the aforementioned mechanical gorilla Optimus Primal (Pearlman), who tries to scare away a few walkers. Hot on the trail is fan-favorite Optimus Prime (Peter Cullen), who pops out with a loaded minigun intent on protecting them.
“I’m not one to fear, Prime. There’s a darkness coming,” Primal tries to reason with him. “Of all the threats from both your past and future, you’ve never faced anything like this.” Maximals are technically descendants of the Autobots – the heroes of the series – and although the trailer never explicitly mentions it, the dialogue exchange gives the impression that they are from the future.
The trailer for Transformers: Rise of the Beasts then cuts to a brief look at Bumblebee, who last received an eponymous spin-off film in 2018, starring Hailee Steinfeld, and now has an upgraded design to match the retro theme. This time, however, the human ally is Noah (Anthony Ramos), who is thrown into disarray the moment his car, bearing a fresh Autobots logo, starts spinning on its own, creating multiple decoy holograms to avoid the pursuing cops. As you might have guessed from their skills, Noah is partnered with Mirage, the robot killed in 2011’s Transformers: Dark of the Moon. This new reboot version is voiced by Pete Davidson (The Suicide Squad), who takes over from Francesco Quinn (Platoon), who died a week after the release of the 2011 film.
A few action shots offer minor glimpses of the soaring pelican Airazor (Michelle Yeoh), the mechanized cheetah Cheetor and Arcee (Liza Koshy) the iconic female Autobot, who is seen clinging to a Volkswagen van to skate across the highway and dodge incoming missiles. Her human partner is revealed at the very end in the Transformer: Rise of the Beasts trailer – Elena, portrayed by Dominique Fishback (Judas and the Black Messiah), is, per usual, initially afraid of the Cybertonian. “This can’t be right, it can’t be right,” she whispers to herself in fear.
Despite being billed as a reboot, Transformers: Rise of the Beasts acts as a sequel to 2018’s Bumblebee. For the seventh film in the Transformers series, Michael Bay – who was responsible for the first five films with Shia LaBuof – returns as producer. The film also features the voices of Peter Dinklage as Scourge, Michaela Jaé Rodriguez as Nightbird and David Sobolov as Battletrap.
Transformers: Rise of the Beasts is expected to hit theaters on June 9, 2023.