Transformers: Rise of the Beasts Promo Art Reveals Bumblebee & Optimus Primal

Some newly emerged promotional artwork has revealed our first look at Transformers favorites Optimus Primal and Bumblebee and how they will look in the upcoming sequel, Transformers: Rise of the Beasts. Released courtesy of the fan-run website Allspark.com, the image features Bumblebee and Optimus Primal in typical fighting stance poses, with the latter sporting gorilla fur. Something which should be familiar to fans of the Cybertronian hero.

Bumblebee taking the spotlight in the marketing is expected, seeing as the character has been a staple of the Transformers franchise ever since the first live-action outing back in 2007, and it looks like Paramount Pictures want to put Optimus Primal front-and-center alongside him. A favorite character from the Beast Wars run, Hellboy star Ron Perlman has been cast as the voice of Optimus Primal in Transformers: Rise of the Beasts. The leader of the Maximals (the descendants, at least in part, of the Autobots) Optimus Primal is able to transform into a gorilla. Hence the mixture of metal and fur.

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With Ron Perlman on board, and a faithful depiction of the character set to make his live-action debut in Transformers: Rise of the Beasts, Optimus Primal is sure to be just as popular to newcomers as he is to Transformers aficionados. Though the marketing department certainly have a task on their hands conveying to the uninitiated that Optimus Primal and Optimus Prime are entirely different characters…

Transformers: Rise of the Beasts Will Hark Back to 90s Classics

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Transformers: Rise of the Beasts director Steven Caple Jr. has explained his approach to bringing the beloved robots to life, revealing that he will take inspiration from the 90s action classic Terminator 2: Judgment Day. “I think you’ll feel the sense of a journey and expedition in this film. This go-around that connects all of those to what you’re saying. Terminator 2 is classic,” the filmmaker said. “The heaviness of the metal, if you will, all that stuff plays into it. So I think when you’re looking at our film and looking at sort of where we’re taking it, [we] kind of want to bring that classic expedition, that classic journey through New York and where we go from there.”

Transformers: Rise of the Beasts will act as a sequel to 2018’s Bumblebee, with Steven Caple Jr. shifting the franchise from the 1980s and into the 1990s. “As a fan and watching all the Transformers films, and then stepping into Bumblebee, I love the way he went back into ’87,” he continued. “Again, it adds again to the nostalgia and something that people remember or connect to. So I was curious, when I met Lorenzo [di Bonaventura] and the team, I was like, where are we picking this thing up from? He was like 1994, and I was just like, that’s a great era. You know what I mean? It has a lot of texture. It’s rich, its texture is also vibrant culturally.”

Transformers: Rise of the Beasts stars Anthony Ramos, Dominique Fishback, Tobe Nwigwe, and Luna Lauren Vélez, and is scheduled to be released in the United States on June 9, 2023, by Paramount Pictures.