Paramount's Transformers: The Last Knight will feature quite the intriguing cast, with Transformers: Age of Extinction star Mark Wahlberg returning as Cade Yeager, who will be joined by original Transformers trilogy stars Josh Duhamel as Lennox and Tyrese Gibson as Epps. While there is still much we don't know about the story, another cast member has been confirmed, with Stanley Tucci revealing he will be back as Joshua Joyce from Transformers: Age of Extinction. It isn't known if he has already filmed his role, but the actor confirmed the news during an appearance at the Deauville Film Festival in France over the weekend.
Variety reports that the actor confirmed his return in Deauville, which he attended to receive a career tribute award. His character Joshua Joyce is the head of Kinetic Solutions Incorporated, who was trying to create a series of man-made Transformers to defend America after the epic Battle of Chicago. He was able to produce the primary metals that allowed these robots to transform, dubbing the metal "transformium."
Last week, one of the biggest rumors swirling around Transformers 5 was confirmed, with Liam Garrigan signing on to play King Arthur in this sequel. There had been rumors that the story followed Optimus Prime, returning to Earth to search for an artifact that had ties to both King Arthur and Merlin (Santiago Cabrera). We're not sure how much of this story will be set in medieval times, but there were recent photos taken from the set on the Scottish island of Skye, that featured a number of actors in medieval armor while riding on horseback.
Stanley Tucci joins a cast that also includes Isabela Moner, Jerrod Carmichael, Laura Haddock and Anthony Hopkins. Michael Bay directs from a script by Art Marcum, Matt Holloway and Ken Nolan, who were all part of the Transformers franchise writers room, where they came up with numerous ideas for sequels and spinoffs. Paramount has set a June 23, 2017 release date for Transformers: The Last Knight, which will go up against Sony Pictures' comedy Rock That Body, starring Scarlett Johansson and Kate McKinnon.
After Transformers: The Last Knight, Paramount has new Transformers movies lined up for the next few years. The studio will next release a Bumblebee spin-off on June 8, 2018, followed by Transformers 6 on June 28, 2019. Stanley Tucci most recently starred in the Best Picture winner Spotlight and he will next be seen in Disney's live-action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast, hitting theaters March 17, 2017.