Production on Transformers: The Last Knight has recently gotten underway. The fifth movie in the Transformers franchise will once again be directed by Michael Bay, who has shepherded the live-action series since it inception in 2007. Although Bay as director of the latest cinematic Autobot vs. Decepticon showdown wasn’t entirely a sure thing following the release of the soft reboot Transformers: Age of Extinction, the blockbuster filmmaker has certainly made his presence felt on this latest installment by keeping fans apprised of casting details, shooting locations, and now, new characters via social media.
Not long ago, Bay shared a few photos from a trip to Cuba, as the Transformers production was looking to follow in the footsteps of Vin Diesel and the Fast 8 crew by becoming the first Hollywood productions to film in the island nation. Following that, Bay teased the return of Tyrese Gibson to the franchise by posting two short videos from the actor proclaiming his love of the franchise and his desire to return to his “original family”. So far there’s no word on Gibson’s return, but with the announcement that Josh Duhamel would be back in the fold as Lt. Colonel William Lennox, seeing the Gibson come back would certainly make sense.
But that’s not all Bay’s been up to on his various social media accounts since production on the film began. Most recently, the director decided it was time to introduce fans to the newest Autobot, Squeeks, which he did via his Instagram and the Transformers’ Twitter feed.
In the first image, Bay is seen kneeling next to Squeeks, joined by Isabela Moner (Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life). Bay doesn’t go into great detail as to what kind of personality Squeeks has, but fans can get a pretty good guess by just looking at him. Squeeks has clearly seen better days, as pockets of rust mark his Vespa body and it appears as though, in robot form, he’s using his kickstand as an appendage. Now, whether or not that’s just the way he was originally designed or if it’s some sort of makeshift limb resulting from the obvious wear and tear that’s gone on with his body isn’t exactly clear. But considering the attention Bay is granting the newest Autobot, chances are there’ll be an explanation coming along soon.
While details on Squeeks’ story and the role he plays in The Last Knight aren’t known at this time, the little robot still looks like a fun addition to the movie’s lineup. More interesting is the fact that Squeeks is mostly a practical effect – like BB-8 in Star Wars: The Force Awakens – which is probably why Bay is so keen on making him a part of his social media updates. Along with the Instagram photo, Squeeks makes a brief appearance in two short videos posted on the Transformers Twitter feed.
Squeeks doesn’t really have much going on in either video, but the fact that two short Twitter posts were dedicated to getting the audience acquainted with hearing adults say “Squeeks” in reference to an actual character in a multi-million dollar film, suggests the little robot will have a significant role to play in the movie. Now, maybe that role is just to look cute and offer some moments of levity to the story, or perhaps he is somehow linked to the film’s supposed connections to the magic of Merlin. Given that rumors suggest Squeeks is an English robot, perhaps the latter is closer to the truth. Although, given his appearance and the way Bay seems to be selling him on the cuteness factor, perhaps it will wind up being a little bit of both.
Transformers: The Last Knight is scheduled to hit theaters on June 23, 2017.
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