Move over Optimus, it’s Sentinel Prime’s time to shine!

One of the most anticipated movies of 2011 and a sure-fire box office blockbuster of the summer is that of Michael Bay’s Transformers: Dark of the Moon. Bringing back Shia LaBeouf, his character’s parents and all of our familiar Cybertronian friends and enemies, this Transformers film is also introducing plenty of other characters, including of course, Sentinel Prime.

Sentinel Prime and Optimus Prime are the poster characters thus far for Dark of the Moon and the latest issue of Empire features them as the Cover stars. What a photo shoot that must have been!

If you’re Transformers movie buff, you’ll want to check out this issue of Empire for its candid interview with franchise director Michael Bay. In it they chat about how Transformers: Dark of the Moon is different and much better than its predecessor (Recall: LaBeouf said Transformers 3 is good). Bay describes his third and last Transformers movie as more of a spy film, and explains how and why Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen sucked. Hint: it has to do with the lame and childish out-of-place “comedy.”

For now, let’s look at the Brothers Prime looking armed and dangerous on the magazine’s cover (click to enlarge):

In the Transformers: Dark of the Moon teaser trailer, Sentinel Prime is shown being discovered by the Apollo 11 Moon landing crew in the crashed Autobot ship known as the Ark. As for his character and role in the film, Michael Bay describes him as a mentor/big-brother figure to Optimus.

Sentinel Prime looks (and is armed) just as he is with his Hasbro toy counterpart. In comparing him to Optimus, you can see that Sentinel Prime rocks it old school – From his metal double sword vs. Optimus’ dual wrist-mounted Energon swords, to his Fu Manchu metal mustache, a must for any legit mentor.

Any bets on Sentinel Prime dying in this movie?

For more mildly spoilerish info, check out our earlier report on the Transformers 3 details revealed in this issue of Empire. And to see Optimus in action, be sure to watch the Transformers 3 Super Bowl trailer.

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Transformers: Dark of the Moon opens in theaters in 3D and 2D on July 1, 2011.

Source: Empire