The newest entry in the Transformers franchise is starting to take shapes, along with a number of casting announcement. Josh Duhamel, who appeared in the first three movies but didn’t show up in Transformers: Age of Extinction, will be reprising his role as Lieutenant Colonel Lennox from the original trilogy in the new movie, Transformers 5: The First Knight.
The 43-year-old actor has played a major role in the first three films, which also starred Shia LaBeouf, but was not show up in the fourth and most recent film Transformers: Age of Extinction, which featured Mark Wahlberg as the film’s leading character.
The film’s social media channels made the big announcement of Duhamel’s return as Lieutenant Colonel Lennox in the newly titled Transformers. Duhamel announced his return to the new movie via a Twitter account.
Tyrese Gibson, who played Lt. Col. Lennox’s partner Epps, has also expressed his interest in the movie, and has asked Michael Bay to cast him in the new film. Bay has responded to Gibsons’ call via Instagram with a cryptic brief statement, reassuring the actor’s return. For now, Bay has decided to keep Gibsons on the ropes for the time being, but refuses to officially confirm the actor’s return in the new film.
It also possible that other original trilogy stars such as Megan Fox and Shia LaBerouf will return in the new film. Fox was removed from the third movie, Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon, and replaced by VS model Rosie Huntington-Whitely.
In the new Transformers film, The Last Knight, Optimus Primer has been searching the cosmos for the Quintessons, the beings believed to be responsible for the creation of the transformers race. On Earth, Mark Wahlberg’s Cade Yeager role will face a new alien threat that brings Lt. Col. Lennox (and possibly Tyrese Gibsons’ Epps) back into action.
In addition, Nickelodeon star Isabela Moner has also signed on as the female lead, though no character details, not even name, have been revealed to the public. Joining Duhamel and the rest of the cast is Jerrod Carmichael of NBC’s The Carmichael Show as the comedic relief, this time, out. Filming will start this year and will take place in Detroit, Cuba, and various planned locations throughout the world.
Script revisions are now in full swing, Ironman writers Art Marcum and Matt Holloway were brought in for the movie. They will be joining by Black Hawk Down writer Ken Nolan on the screenplay. Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Don Murphy and Tom DeSanto are also jumping on board.
The Transformers franchise has brought in a whopping $3.77 billion worldwide. The Transformer 5: The Last Knight will open in US theaters on June 23, 2017, followed by the Bumblebee spin-off movie on June 8, 2018, and finally the next “mainstream” Transformers movie on June 28, 2019.
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