A kind reader asked that we update you on Transformers: Age of Extinction (a.k.a. Transformers 4), so we’re here to do just that. In truth, the whole world is about to get an “update” on the next installment in Michael Bay’s blockbuster franchise, as the first Transformers: Age of Extinction trailer will debut during the 2014 Super Bowl. But since our readers are sharp enough to be in the know before that, here’s the latest we have on the film.
This backpack tie-in merchandising (courtesy of Smyths Toys) gives us a look at the character design for none other than Grimlock, fan-favorite character and leader of the Dinobots. The Dinobots have been been unofficially confirmed for the film for some time – and no doubt Bay and Co. were waiting for a nice trailer reveal to make ol’ Grimlock known – but as always, the Interwebs spin faster…
Right now, between this and the recently-revealed Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles re-designs it seems that Michael Bay has architected successful new adaptations of some pretty outlandish characters (mutant turtles and robot dinosaurs). In short: That robot Dinosaur looks pretty badass from head to torso. I’m especially digging how the color scheme compliments Optimus. If his robot mode is as promising, then Bay’s Grimlock could deliver everything fans have been hoping for.
Here’s hoping it doesn’t fall apart when he opens his mouth…
THE NEW BUMBLEBEE
Carrera Toys has given us a look at the (slightly) re-designed Bumblebee, who seems to be sporting a strange robo-loincloth thingy now… Will it ever stop with these movies?
Aside from that, liking the darker gray tones that Bumblebee is sporting, and overall the whole thing has a more anime-themed edge to it. I dig it – how about you?
The Brazilian site Omelete has been known to break some stories before – the trick is getting them translated so that we can understand them. TFW2005 did just that and was kind enough to share the following story details about the human characters in Transformers: Age of Extinction.
If you don’t know, the new human cast consists of Mark Wahlberg as gear-head/inventor Cade Yeager; Bates Motel star Nicola Peltz as Tessa, Cade’s daughter; and Jack Reynor (Delivery Man) as Tessa’s boyfriend Shane. There’s also Kelsey Grammer as shady government man Harold Attinger, comedic actor T.J. Miller as Cade’s friend Lucas – with other actors like Stanley Tucci and Titus Welliver filling out the cast.
Now, thanks to Omelete we know more about the human story. Read at your own risk:
”Four years after the Battle of Chicago, the government is using reverse-engineered leftover technology to build their own Transformers. Joshua (Stanley Tucci) is an arrogant designer who believes the Autobots are “pieces of junk” and creating his own robots is a form of art. He’s fills basically the same role as Agent Simmons from the previous trilogy.
Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg) is a widowed inventor who lives in a farm with his daughter Tessa (Nicola Peltz), unaware that she’s dating a race car driver, Shane (Jack Reynor). Cade finds a piece of Cybertronian technology and takes it back to his farm, but it is accidentally activated, leading the government and alien bounty hunters to his farm. The bounty hunters (it’s unclear if they’re connected to the Decepticons) have antigravity weapons which they use to abduct Tessa. In another scene, an entire transatlantic cruise ship is raised out of the ocean and crosses through a busy intersection while the protagonists are in the middle of a car chase.
Sophia Myles is playing Darcy, Joshua’s assistant and an archaeologist. Cade, Tessa, Shane, Joshua and Darcy are the main human character, and the main subplot is Shane trying to prove his worth to Cade. Also, Cade addresses Bumblebee as “Bee” and calms him down when Joshua trash-talks him, indicating he might be Bumblebee’s new owner.
Titus Welliver’s character, Savoy, is the leader of a team of agents sent by Harold Attinger (Kelsey Grammer) to capture the protagonists.”
So basically, this is a similar premise as Transformers 1 with an adult component to bolster all the teen drama. How Grimlock factors into things and the robot villains the heroes will face remain to be seen; however, some alleged leaked plot details for the film point toward not only some iconic characters making an appearance, but also a bigger threat (literally) hanging over future Transformers films.
Be sure to check back with us on Super Bowl Sunday for the Transformers: Age of Extinction trailer.
Transformers: Age of Extinction opens in 2D and 3D theaters on June 27th, 2014.