Paramount Pictures' Transformers series kicked off in 2007 with Michael Bay's first directorial effort following the Robots in Disguise. The film was a hit among moviegoers - though it didn't quite land with critics - and earned more than $700 million when all was said and done. As a result, the film has been followed by a series of sequels - Revenge of the Fallen, Dark of the Moon, and Age of Extinction - that have continued to do well enough at the box office, though critic and fan reception has declined over the years. Now, Paramount and Bay are returning to the franchise with Transformers: The Last Knight.
However, the studio took a different approach for the fifth film in their blockbuster franchise, establishing a writer's room led by Oscar-winning scribe Akiva Goldsman, which inspired Bay to return for The Last Knight. It was unclear how the new approach would affect the fifth Transformers movie, though fans got their first glimpse from The Last Knight teaser trailer, as well as subsequent promos introducing baby dinobots and new character Izabella (Isabela Moner). Now, fans will get a chance to see more of Transformers: The Last Knight when a new trailer debuts this week.
Deluxe Digital Cinema sent the two minute and 25 second trailer to theaters in time to be attached to Disney's latest live-action film, Beauty and the Beast, which arrives this Friday. Furthermore, Trailer Track is reporting the trailer is an extended version of the clip released this past weekend during the Kids' Choice Awards, but it's unclear if or when the new Transformers promo will debut online.
Both the first teaser trailer and the official synopsis for Transformers: The Last Knight have teased a war between the Autobots and humans - one that will bring together human characters from previous films including Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg), William Lennox (Josh Duhamel), Robert Epps (Tyrese Gibson), and Joshua Joyce (Stanley Tucci). They'll be joined by new characters like Izabella - plus her pal Sqweeks - Sir Edmund Burton (Anthony Hopkins), and historian Vivian Wembley (Laura Haddock).
The plot synopsis further teases Optimus Prime's absence from the war - leaving Cade to form an alliance with fan-favorite Autobot Bumblebee - but promotional materials from posters to TV spots indicate the former friend to humans will turn evil. A shot in the first teaser trailer even depicted Optimus Prime fighting Bumblebee despite the fact that the two have been friends and allies in previous Transformers movies.
While there are undoubtedly moviegoers who have grown tired of Paramount's blockbuster giant robot franchise, the studio has gone to great lengths to reinvent the series in Transformers: The Last Knight. Between the writer's room, the expansive Transformers mythology we know to be included in The Last Knight, and the wholly different world seen depicted in the marketing thus far, it's clear the fifth installment will be unlike any other. Now that Paramount is preparing to drop a new trailer, fans will have another chance to see how similar, or different, Transformers: The Last Knight will be to previous movies following the Robots in Disguise.
- Transformers 5/Transformers: The Last Knight (2017) release date: Jun 21, 2017
- Bumblebee (2018) release date: Dec 21, 2018