Transformers take-over!

By admin
02 July 2014

Take the world’s hottest cars, make them drive themselves, talk, be almost indestructible and then, just for kicks, have them transform into gun-wielding robots. It doesn’t get better than this!

It’s been four years since Megatron nearly brought Chicago to its knees and in this fourth installment of the franchise – Transformers: Age of Extinction – Optimus Prime and his Autobots are no longer needed. In fact, they’re being hunted down by the government. Geez, talk about a great way to say thanks for saving their skins!

With a brand new cast, the Dinobots (robots that transform into dinosaurs) who are appearing in the films for the first time and slight make-overs for Optimus Prime and Bumblebee (who seem meaner than the jolly Bumblee we know and love) this promises to be more than just lots of explosions, hot cars and sexy girls.

WHO’S WHO

Mark Walhberg is Cade Yeager

The 42-year-old actor plays Cade, a widower and Tessa Yeager’s dad. All he wants is for his daughter to get into a good school and stay away from boys until she graduates. Mark loved being part of the film. “It was exciting because it was the first time my kids were really interested in a movie I was doing,” he says.

Nicola Peltz is Tessa Yeager

The 19-year-old hottie was first spotted in The Last Airbender (2010) which didn’t impress critics, but her role as the daughter of car mechanic Cade Yeager is set to raise her profile. Nicola says she had a blast shooting the big action scenes. “In these big action sequences, where you only have one take, your adrenaline takes over and you just go. It was crazy and fun.”

Jack Reynor is Shane Dyson

The 22-year-old plays Tessa’s boyfriend, racing-car driver Shane. Irish-born Jack landed the role after being out of work for nine months. “It was a difficult time as I have a five-year-old brother and seven-year-old sister ? we were in a dark place economically,” he says.

Kelsey Grammer is Harold Attinger

This time around the baddies (well, at least the human ones) are US government officials. Kelsey of Frasier fame plays Harold, a no-nonsense, die-for-my-country type of guy who’s hell-bent on ridding the world of all Transformers, good and bad. “He’s lived his life in the shadows for 30 years in the service of his country, and he likes to be unremarkable yet very efficient,” the 59-year-old actor says of his character.

Obsessed with Optimus Prime?

The leader of the pack is back and tired of humans hunting him and his Autobots when all they’ve ever done is help save the human race’s planet. He seems to be preparing for war.

His voice

Canadian actor Peter Cullen has voiced Optimus Prime since the original 1980’s cartoon. He’s also the voice behind a number of other iconic characters, including Eeyore in the Winnie the Pooh flicks and Monterey Jack in the Chip ‘n’ Dale Rescue Rangers TV series.

Fun facts

- There’s a 12-m statue of Optimus Prime in Yunnan province, China.

- Transformers can be ripped apart and rebuilt as long as certain key parts aren’t destroyed.

- Optimus Prime and Megatron once ruled Cybertron (their home planet) together as brothers.

- Most of the computer graphics for the Transformers movies is handled by Industrial Light & Magic, an effects company founded by Stars Wars creator George Lucas.

The Bad Guys

From what we’ve seen so far Lockdown, a bounty hunter who never misses his mark, is the main bad guy in Transformers: Age of Extinction. He travels around with his giant ship, which serves as a prison, hunting down his targets. Plus there’s Galvatron, who has been rebuilt by Harold Attinger and company from what remained of original baddie Megatron, to be the protector of mankind once they rid themselves of all Transformers. Talk about a recipe for disaster.

Jeremy Petersen

SOURCES: OPTIMUSPRIME.FANSECTOR.COM, ROADANDTRACK.COM BLOGS.INDIEWIRE.COM, WIKIPEDIA.ORG, DAILYMAIL.CO.UK, TIMESOFINDIA.INDIATIMES.COM, MSTARZ.COM, IMDB.COM, EMPIREONLINE.COM

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