Five Important Facts About "Transformers: Age of Extinction"
With the first three films in the Transformers franchise grossing a combined $2.6 billion at the box office, it is no surprise that distributor Paramount Pictures wanted a fourth film. What is surprising is that though many of the familiar Autobots are still around, many of the human faces are quite different this time around, giving the franchise an infusion of fresh blood.
The Film is Set Four Years After the Last One
In the last film, "Transformers: The Dark of the Moon," the Transformers were part of an epic battle that destroyed large swaths of Chicago. This film picks up four years after those events with an entirely different landscape. Although the Autobots were once thought to be heroes and allies to humans, they are now thought of as a global threat. The government has gone to great pains to eliminate all of them, creating a very inhospitable situation. Optimus Prime (voiced by Peter Cullen), the leader of the Autobots, has lost faith in humanity as a result. This is a jarring contrast to his previous stance that humans, though they occasionally do bad things, are inherently good and worth saving.
Mark Wahlberg Takes Over for Shia LaBeouf
Actor Shia LaBeouf had the lead role of Sam Witwicky for the first three installments, but he is nowhere to be found in this film. Director Michael Bay has said that there may be a mention of him in the film to tie up that loose end, but he would not confirm whether or not this would absolutely happen. The lead human role is now in the hands of Mark Wahlberg, who plays Cade Yeager, a down-on-his-luck inventor and devoted family man. Wahlberg has said that Cade's main job in the film is to convince Optimus Prime that humans really are good and that he can learn to trust them again. Considering how humans are hunting down and destroying his race, this will likely be a hard sell. Wahlberg has said that one of the main reasons he took the role is that his children are all huge Transformers fans. As a result, he convinced Bay to allow his kids Ella, Brendan, Grace and Michael to have small roles in the film.
The Movie Is Dino-mite
There have been surprises and the introduction of new Transformers into each of the previous three films, but the new ones in this film are positively Dino-mite. That's because the Dinobots, longtime fan favorites, are finally being introduced on screen. Viewers can expect a Tyrannosaurus rex named Grimlock, a two-headed Pteranodon named Strafe, a Triceratops named Slug, a Stegosaurus named Snarl, an Apatosaurus named Slog and a Spinosaurus named Scorn.
Skrillex and Imagine Dragons are Involved
Electronic music wunderkind Skrillex is providing much of the sound design for the film, so audiences can expect an auditory sensation. He has gone on record saying that he has used the occasion to make some of the craziest sounds he has ever made. Rock band Imagine Dragons has signed on to provide the film's theme song "Battle Cry," and the band has also contributed a few other musical pieces to the film's score. In this capacity, the members were able to work with Steve Jablonsky and Hans Zimmer.
Many big franchises come in groups of three called trilogies, and the Transformers franchise is going the same way. This film has a new set of human characters, so the producers decided to start a completely new storyline that will play out over three films much in the same way the first three films in the franchise did.
This was a surprise to fans, who thought the film would be a continuation since it was originally billed as "Trans4mers," which would imply a fourth film. The official name for the film has since been changed to "Transformers: Age of Extinction." Plans for a fifth film, still untitled, have been announced for a 2017 release. A sixth film is also in the works, but there is not yet any timeline for its release, and no details about the plot of either film have been announced.
"Transformers: Age of Extinction" is slated for a June 25, 2014 release in Indonesia, South Korea and the Philippines. It will be released to a further seventeen countries, including New Zealand, Australia and Greece on June 26, 2014. Finally, it will be released in the U.S., Canada, India and several other countries on June 27. The rest of the world, including the U.K., will have to wait until July 5, 2014 to see it.