The past few weeks have not been short on new reveals from Transformers: The Last Knight, the fifth installment in this ever expanding franchise, and the final chapter to be directed by Michael Bay, who has helmed every live-action movie so far. Today, we get yet another reveal of a character we already know is coming back. Earlier in July, we got to see Drift's new car mode. Today, we get to see the samurai's upgraded robot mode.
Drift will be a black and red Mercedes-AMG GT R in Transformers 5. And it represents a completely new look for this fan-favorite Autobot. The character was first introduced on the big screen in 2014's Transformers: Age of Extinction. He is voiced by Ken Watanabe. The actor returns to reprise the role a second time.
Seen as blue in his first screen incarnation, Drift is now very red, and very colorful. Perhaps even more so than franchise newcomer Hot Rod, who is known for his flashy racing facade first introduced in the 1986 animated adventure Transformers: The Movie. Drift will be rocking a quad-blade samurai sword. And while his color palate may have changed, you'll recognize that he has the same face and Samurai shoulder-pad look he had in Transformers 4. In that film, Drift was a blue Bugatti when transformed in car mode.
In related news, the folks over at Screen Rant were invited to the set of Transformers 5, and have brought back a look at the official Transformers 5 logo, which shows Optimus Prime's head with the roman numeral V. The Last Knight centers on Optimus Prime, who has been searching through the cosmos for the Quintessons, the beings believed to be responsible for the creation of the Transformers race. Meanwhile back on Earth, Wahlberg's Cade Yeager will be facing a new alien threat that brings Josh Duhamel's Lennox and Tyrese Gibson's Epps back into duty. Isabela Moner has signed on as the female lead, though no character details have been revealed. The supporting cast also includes Jerod Carmichael, Laura Haddock and Anthony Hopkins, but we don't know much about what characters they're playing yet.
Take a look at Drift in both his new car and robot mode thanks to Paramount Pictures and Michael Bay. 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 studio has already announced a Bumblebee spinoff, which is set to hit theaters on June 8, 2018. As for Transformers 5? You'll get to see Drift back in action next summer, when the sequel opens on June 23, 2017.