Last week, director Michael Bay unveiled the first photo from the Cuba set of Transformers: The Last Knight, which is set for release on June 23, 2017. We also learned earlier this week that the iconic villain Megatron will be coming back in this sequel. Today, a new cast member has come aboard. Sir Anthony Hopkins has signed on to join the cast, but no details were given about what role he will portray.
The news comes straight from the Transformers movie Twitter. The Last Knight has Optimus Prime searching through the cosmos for the Quintessons, the beings believed to be responsible for the creation of the Transformers race. Meanwhile back at home, Mark Wahlberg's Cade Yeager will be facing a new alien threat that brings Josh Duhamel's Lennox (and possibly Tyrese Gibson's Epps) back into duty. Isabela Moner has signed on as the female lead, along with Jerrod Carmichael, though no character details have been revealed about their characters.
Shooting is set to begin in Detroit on June 6, with various on-location shoots planned to take place throughout the world. Michael Bay is directing from a script by Iron Man writers Art Marcum & Matt Holloway. They are joined by Black Hawk Down writer Ken Nolan on the screenplay. The team were part of Paramount's writer's room that generated several ideas for Transformers sequels and spinoffs.
The Last Knight has been set for release on June 23, 2017, which is currently the only movie opening on that date. The sequel will be sandwiched between a number of highly-anticipated projects, such as Kingsman: The Golden Circle and Cars 3 on June 16, 2017, and Despicable Me 3, The House and Uncharted on June 30, 2017. It isn't known how long principal photography is expected to last.
Paramount is also developing a number of other Transformers movies, based on ideas generated from the massive writer's room. Other rumored projects include Transformers One, which is believed to be an origin story that takes place on the Transformers' home planet of Cybertron. Anthony Hopkins is also expected to reprise his role as Odin in Marvel's Thor: Ragnarok, which is scheduled to begin production sometime this summer in Australia. He will net be seen in Collide, hitting theaters August 19, and in the HBO TV series Westworld.