Transformers: The Last Knight may already be well into production, but little is known about the movie itself. Director Michael Bay tends to keep anything Transformers-related under wraps and has only revealed a few details and photos of new vehicles, leaving fans of the franchise guessing what’s next. He recently shared a photo of Onslaught, confirming that the Combaticons, robots loyal to the evil Megatron, would be making their first appearance in the film, which gave us a few hints concerning the plot. Just yesterday, Hot Rod, a young brash robot, was also confirmed to be making his cinematic debut in Transformers 5 as well.
Back in June, Bay released photos of the new and improved version of Bumblebee, the friendly yellow robot that will be sporting a very different looking compared to the first Transformers movie. Bumblebee is now a custom-built 2016 Chevy Camaro, updating the character’s vehicle-mode look from all of his incarnations shown in the previous movies. The heavily modded Camaro is clearly missing the original cars’ hard body lines and vigor, giving it a much smoother, sleeker, and futuristic appearance - and a recent set video finally gives us a glimpse of the new Bumblebee in action.
A photojournalist from Lansing, Michigan’s WLNS posted a short video to Facebook of the Autobots on the road. Transformers: The Last Knight is currently being filmed in Michigan on M-52 between Webberville and Stockbridge presumably because that section of the road has a long straightaway, perfect for an intense chase scene. You can check out the video below.
The video shows the new Bumblebee driving down a highway followed by two other cars, a military-style tank and a helicopter. The revered leader, Optimus Prime does show up for a hot second with an unidentified rusty old Volkswagen Bus and a menacing-looking police car that could easily be the new Barricade.
Of course, the action is slowed down quite a bit from what we can expect to see on the big screen, considering the lack of special effects. For now it looks like the Autobots are taking a leisurely Sunday drive instead of being chased down by an attack helicopter and military tank truck. The biggest mystery here is...what does that rusty old VW bus think he is doing? Those very vintage vehicles made in the '60s had a whopping 40 horsepower in the trunk-mounted motor; not very efficient for high-speed car chases.
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.