Transformers: Rise of the Beasts director Steven Caple Jr. announces production on the Bumblebee sequel has wrapped.
Production has officially wrapped on the seventh live-action Transformers film, Transformers: Rise of the Beasts.
Rise of the Beasts director Steven Caple Jr. confirmed the news himself in a post to Instagram, sharing a new look at the film’s take on Optimus Prime in his truck form, which harkens back to the iconic Autobot’s Generation 1 design. “That’s a wrap,” Caple wrote.
Directed by Caple and written by Darnell Metayer and Josh Peters from a story by Joby Harold, Rise of the Beasts is currently scheduled for release on June 24, 2022. It is the seventh entry in the live-action Transformers film franchise and serves as a sequel to director Travis Knight and writer Christina Hodson’s 1980s-set installment Bumblebee, which released in 2018.
Based on the Transformers media franchise of toys, comics and cartoons, the live-action Transformers film series began in 2007 with director Michael Bay at the helm. Following the release of 2007’s Transformers, Bay returned to helm four sequels: 2009’s Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, 2011’s Transformers: Dark of the Moon, 2014’s Transformers: Age of Extinction and 2017’s Transformers: The Last Knight.
Bumblebee rolled into theaters one year after The Last Knight. Set in 1987, Bumblebee was initially developed as a spinoff/prequel to the previous Transformers films, though was later declared to be a reboot of the franchise. Rise of the Beasts picks up where Bumblebee left off, skipping ahead to the year 1994. The upcoming film follows a pair of archeologists who find themselves at the heart of a conflict involving three factions of Transformers: the Maximals, the Predacons and the Terrorcons.
Bumblebee returns in Rise of the Beasts to join forces with his fellow Autobots: Mirage, Arcee, Wheeljack and Optimus Prime, with Peter Cullen reprising his role as the latter. Meanwhile, Optimus Primal, the leader of the Maximals, is voiced by Ron Perlman. Optimus Primal is flanked by fellow Maximals Rhinox, Airazor and Cheetor. As for the Terrorcons, fans can expect appearances by Scourge and Nightbird. As far as its human characters go, Rise of the Beasts stars Anthony Ramos as Noah, Dominique Fishback as Elena and Luna Lauren Vélez as Noah’s mother. Addionally, Tobe Nwigwe has been cast in an undisclosed role.
Transformers: Rise of the Beasts rolls out (into theaters) on June 24, 2022.
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