Director Michael Bay's Transformers 4 continues to take shape. While the plot is still under wraps, we do know that the next installment is meant to take the franchise in a new direction, featuring some fairly radical departures from the first three films.
Now, new photos of Bumblee and a newcomer to the Autobots (both in vehicle form) seem to confirm Michael Bay's assertion that the new movie will deal with “the same lineage but [then go] in a full, new, different direction.”
As far as anyone call tell, Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf) is not returning in this new film... however, his old buddy Bumblebee is. Michael Bay's website provided this look of the fan-favorite Autobot "as a highly modified, vintage 1967 Camaro SS."
Check him out below:
Bay's site has also given us a look at a newcomer to the Autobots: "The always rugged and reliable Hound, one of the Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles from Oshkosh Defense."
Here he is:
And who is Hound? According to the Generation 1 definition from Transformers Wiki:
"Hound wishes he were human. The dark, barren metalscapes of Cybertron no longer interest him. Now that Hound has been shipwrecked on Earth, he considers this planet his home. He sees humankind as beautiful and wishes he could interact with their ecosphere the same way they do, to feel what they feel and to see what they see."
So it's safe to say he'll be a good guy. Despite Bay's past statements that Transformers 4 will not exactly be a reboot, past (unconfirmed) reports that the plot may somehow involve scientists' newly discovered method of reverse engineering the Transformers. What could this mean for a Transformer who longs to be human?
There's no way of knowing how much of these supposed storylines have made it into the final script - if any - but it may be another hint at the film's sci-fi trajectory.
While the plot details remain a mystery, new set photos have appeared that give us a look at a whole gang of Autobots in disguise and on the prowl.
Not much to go on, seeing as how it's most likely one of those shoots of the Autobots in disguise heading somewhere for some reason yet to be determined. Production is certainly in full-swing, though, so keep an eye out for more casting news, story details and images as they become available.
Transformers 4 will open in theaters on June 27th, 2014