Paramount Animation announced on Thursday that a new animated Transformers movie is in the works, and it will be an origin story. The movie will focus on the story of the leaders of the Autobots and Decepticons and how Optimus Prime and Megatron went from brothers in arms to sworn enemies.
A young Optimus will be voiced by Chris Hemsworth, with Brian Tyree Henry starting opposite him as the hot-headed Megatron we all know and don’t love. The movie is also packed with other well-known movie stars with Scarlett Johansson voicing Elita, who was the leader of the Autobots while Optimus was gone, Keegan-Michael Key as the one and only Bumblebee, Jon Hamm as Sentinel Prime (leader of the Autobots before Optimus Prime), and Lawrence Fishbourne as Alpha Trion who is one of the oldest and wisest Transformers of all time.
I’m sure when some of you saw “animated movie” you might’ve thought to look cast it away and hear nothing more of it. But with a star-studded cast like this and the fact that it is an origin story of how we got to the point of where we are with the Autobots, and Decepticons today, Paramount Animation is going to make sure this is not just your everyday animated movie. So we’re looking at something in the ranks of Spiderman: Into the Spider-Verse/Across the Spider-Verse. Of course, the way it is animated might differ but I’m talking about what to expect in terms of how much weight it pulls at the box office.
And for those knocking down the idea of Chris Hemsworth voicing Optimus, remember that this is a young Optimus Prime, much much much younger than the Optimus Prime we know today. Peter Cullen is also old, 81 years old to be precise. He can’t keep doing this for long. And it would be better to save him for possible future Transformers live-action movies if he’s up for them. His voice also wouldn’t fit a young Optimus Prime, so let’s see what Chris Hemsworth has in store for us.
As time goes on we will get to hear more about the movie and when it will be released but you have the permission to be excited because Transformers movies/series never disappoint, and with this level of star power with the actors, they won’t start now.