Meet the Maximals in New “Transformers: Rise of the Beasts” Teaser
“We’ve seen the Maximals in graphic novels, and we’ve seen them in cartoons, but we’ve never seen them in live-action,” says Transformers: Rise of the Beasts director Steven Caple Jr. at the top of this new look at the beastly robots in his new film. Rise of the Beasts will offer audiences a chance to see what these creatures are made of, and why they’re such a key cog in the larger Transformers universe.
“These are really larger than life, likable characters,” says star Anthony Ramos, who plays Noah Diaz, a human who gets swept up in the ancient war between the Autobots and Decepticons, of which the Maximals are on the side of the good guys led by Optimus Prime (voiced by Peter Cullen) and his band of virtuous alien robots.
The Maximals are led by their own Optimus—Optimus Primal (voiced by Ron Perlman), who takes the form of a great robotic ape. Then there’s Airazor (voiced by recent Oscar-winner Michelle Yeoh), a giant Peregrine falcon who Caple Jr. says “carries this sense of regalness with her” but can fight like hell; Rhinox (voiced by David Sobolov), who naturally takes the form of a colossal rhino with “8,000 pounds of sheer force;” and Cheetor (voiced by Tongayi Chirisa), the swiftest of all the Maximals.
Rise of the Beasts introduces not only the Maximals but also their evil beastly counterparts, the Predacons, and the story will explore how these two factions fit into the larger war between the Autobots and Decepticons, as well as the origins of the Autobots’ connection to Earth. And there’s yet one more introduction in the film, that of the Terrorcons, a sub-group of the Decepticons that transform into metallic monsters.
For those who haven’t seen any 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 Dominique Fishback, co-starring alongside Anthony Ramos, Peter Dinklage, Liza Koshy, John DiMaggio, Michaela Jaé Rodriguez, and Cristo Fernández.
Check out the new video below. Transformers: Rise of the Beasts roars into theaters on June 9.
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