There is nothing like the bond between a human and his dog. Whether it's Lassie, Marley and Me, or John Wick, this connection has been seen in movies and on television an endless amount of times. The pairing never fails in helping to gain sympathy, inspire giddiness, or to humanize a given character on screen. The trope is decades of years old and it appears that it will be back again in the upcoming sequel, Transformers: The Last Knight.
Filming for the The Last Knight has been underway for months, with shooting already taking place around the world. The fifth installment of the Transformers series is planned to open up their entire cinematic universe, with a slew of other planned sequels and spin-offs in the near future. However, we have more important things to get to... like Freya the dog.
Today, Paramount Pictures released a promotional video that chronicles the casting of the famous dog for her role in the upcoming sequel. Freya was dubbed "The World's Loneliest Dog" by newspapers, after spending the first six years of her life in animal shelters. The headlines caught the attention of director Michael Bay, who then cast Freya against one of the most renown actors in the world, in Sir Anthony Hopkins (Westworld), while shooting in London. And that's how Transformers movies are made!
It's just as fun to see Hopkins in his element as well. The 78-year old actor has been hard at work, with a huge year ahead. He will first star in HBO's Westworld, which debuts next month. Then he's reprising his role as Odin in the hugely anticipated sequel, Thor: Ragnarok for Marvel Studios. In those set reports, the actor seemed to be just as jovial as he is found here.
In the behind-the-scenes Transformers video, we also get to see the softer and cuddlier side of Bay, as well as a quieter moment in the film featuring Hopkins and Freya taking a stroll through the British countryside. However, if you pay even closer attention, you see that Hopkins is being accompanied by a tank. Is that a robot in disguise? Could this be the quiet before the storm? Who knows! But, it's hard to imagine that the entire countryside won't inevitably be blown to pieces by rampaging robotic behemoths and mind-blowing explosions. You almost had us with cute dog, Mr. Bay!
Transformers: The Last Knight opens in U.S. theaters on June 23, 2017, followed by the Bumblebee spin-off on June 8, 2018, and Transformers 6 on June 28, 2019.
Source: Paramount Pictures