Michael Bay is venturing towards darker territories in Transformers: The Last Knight. According to speculations, the once hero of the Autobots, Optimus Prime, is going to turn into a villain and threat to mankind. But new rumors claim that the beloved character will ravage his opponents and use their parts to rebuild himself.
Reborn Optimus Prime
In the fifth installment of the sci-fi/action movie, a war has commenced between humans and the Transformers. Optimus Prime is missing so Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg) teamed up with Bumblebee, an English lord and an Oxford professor to learn the secrets of the Transformers and save the world.
While he remains to be at the center of the franchise, Optimus Prime has been pretty much absent from the trailers released by Paramount Pictures.
Now, new speculations emerge thanks to a new promo for a new line of Transformers from Toys R’ Us. A poster featuring Optimus Prime teases a new look that might hint at the grim result of that confrontation between the former leader of the Autobots and Bumblebee.
In the photo published by Screen Rant, Optimus Prime noticeably has added new colors to his signature red, blue and silver armor. Aside from the amber glow from his new power source, the Transformer now also has very distinct yellow parts. What is curious about his new look is the abdomen bears a strong resemblance to Bumblebee.
Some fans ask: was Bumblebee defeated in his battle against Optimus Prime? More importantly, did Optimus Prime use parts of Bumblebee to rebuild himself?
It is all speculations for now, but there is a greater focus on Bumblebee in Transformers: The Last Knight. The movie is expected to explore his backstory which will give his defeat a little more gravitas. The creation of the Cybertron and the reason why the Transformers keep coming back to Earth will also finally be revealed.
How the events of the upcoming installment will lead on to the planned Bumblebee spin-off to be directed by Travis Knight (Kubo and the Two Strings) remains to be seen.
An Earlier Release Date
In other news, fans do not have to wait long before they finally discover why Optimus Prime has turned rogue or how the human race will survive against the former leader of the Autobots. Paramount has announced that the new action movie directed by Michael Bay will be released two days earlier than initially planned.
Instead of a June 23 release date, Transformers: The Last Knight will open on June 21, Wednesday, in cinemas around the world. Variety pointed out that it is going to be the only new wide release for the June 23-25 weekend.
The fifth movie is the last that will be directed by Bay who has been involved with the franchise since the 2007 box office hit. The franchise has already grossed $3.77 billion worldwide. The fourth movie titled Transformers: Age of Extinction reached $1 billion at the global box office in 2014.
Bay boasts that this is the movie shot entirely using Imax 3D. “The scale of the ‘Transformers’ is meant to be seen on the big screen,” he urged fans.
Transformers: The Last Knight also features Stanley Tucci as Joshua Joyce, Josh Duhamel as Lt. Colonel William Lenox, John Turturro as Agent Simmons, Laura Haddock as Vivian Wembley, Gemma Chan as Quintessa, Santiago Cabrera as Santos and Anthony Hopkins as Sir Edmund Burton.
At the MTV Movie & TV Awards, Wahlberg presented a new clip from the upcoming movie which, he promised, will feature “giant bada** robots kicking the crap out of each other.” Watch below:
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