New “Transformers: Rise of the Beasts” Clip Finds Prime Meeting Primal
Primal, meet Prime. You two will probably have a lot to talk about—that is, if you don’t kill each other first.
The two valorous Optimuses (or is it Optimi?), one Optimus Prime (voiced by Peter Cullen) and the other Optimus Primal (voiced by Ron Perlman), meet in a brand new clip released by Paramount. But these two colossi aren’t the only ones who get to know each other in the forest; there’s a whole host of Autobots and Maximals, the beastly machines that will be introduced in Rise of the Beasts, and caught between them are a pair of humans, Noah (Anthony Ramos) and Elena (Dominique Fishback) who will do their level best to stay alive. On the Maximal side of the question joining Optimus Primal are Rhinox (voiced by David Sobolov), who transformers into a rhino, as you probably guessed, and Cheetor (voiced by Tongayi Chrisia), a Maximal that transformers into a cheetah. This meeting of the Autobots, Noah and Elena, and the Maximals gets at the heart of director Steven Caple Jr.’s upcoming film—there are more moving parts in Rise of the Beasts than ever before, and this time, they often turn into the great beasts of the forest and jungles of Earth.
Caple Jr. steers the franchise’s chest-thumping new direction, which is set in 1994 and is inspired by the ’90s Beast Wars cartoon. As we learned when the official trailer dropped, Rise of the Beasts will roam from the streets of Brooklyn to the stunning ancient city of Machu Picchu, Peru. Joining Anthony Ramos, Dominique Fishback, and the aforementioned voice actors are a slew of talented performers voicing new machines, including Michelle Yeoh (!!), who voices the Maximal Airazor (she transforms into a peregrine falcon), and Pete Davidson, who voices the Autobot Mirage (he transforms into a Porsche 964 Carrera). Rise of the Beasts introduces not only the Maximals but also the Predacons, some very villainous beasts. The film will explore how these ancient yet secretive factions factor into the larger war between the Autobots and Decepticons while revealing new truths about the origins of the Autobots’ connection to Earth. There’s more; Rise of the Beasts also introduces the Terrorcons, a sub-group of the Decepticons that transform into metallic monsters.
For those of you who aren’t scholars of Michael Bay’s previous Transformers films, we’ve got good news; Rise of the Beasts is set before any of them, so you don’t need to know the history of these warring metal aliens to enjoy the spectacle.
The cast also includes Tobe Nwigwe, Peter Dinklage, Liza Koshy, John DiMaggio, David Sobolov, Michaela Jaé Rodriguez, and Cristo Fernández.
Check out the clip below. Transformers: Rise of the Beasts stomps into theaters on June 9, 2023:
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Featured image: Primal in “Transformers: Rise of the Beasts.” Courtesy Paramount Pictures.