Transformers 5 is shaping up to be a big family affair, and could serve as the true Transformers reunion movie that fans have been waiting for. First it was announced on Monday that this latest sequel is officially titled Transformers: The Last Knight. Then Paramount and Hasbro confirmed yesterday that original Transformers star Josh Duhamel is returning in the role of Lieutenant Colonel Lennox. Now, his partner in crime Tyrese Gibson is literally begging to be let back in.
Yes, Gibson, who plays Epps in the franchise, sent a couple of videos to director Michael Bay literally hounding the filmmaker to write him into the script. While the actor hasn't been officially confirmed to return, it's likely that he'll be back. As it was Bay who posted these playful videos on his own Instagram account. His response.
"Tyrese is getting itchy to be back! I'm thinking..."
Well, what is he thinking? We're not sure yet. He's either thinking about how to incorporate Epps back into the screenplay, which is finished. Or he's thinking if he should let Tyrese back in the big game at all. Normally, we wouldn't think that he'd make a public display of it if Gibson wasn't coming back. But then again, this is Michael Bay. He could be floating the idea out there to see how fans respond. Or he could just be torturing his actors in public. Which he often likes to do.
Tyrese Gibson has been with the Transformers movies from the get-go, starring in the first live-action entry way back in 2007. He was first introduced as USAF Tech Sergeant Epps, but was then promoted to USAF Chief Master Sergeant Epps for 2009's Revenge of the Fallen. When he returned for Dark of the Moon in 2011, he was simply billed as Epps. Why does the actor want to return so bad? He explains in the two videos.
"Mike Bay, I'm ready. Some people are asking me, Why do I want to come back and do Transformers so bad? Because it's a high for me. You crazy? All of the action, all of the big scenes, all of the magical s**t that's going on in your head. Being able to experience that s**t, man, it's a lot of fun for me. I want back into my original family: Transformers. Stop bulls**ttin', Mike. Pull the trigger, put the word out, write the character back into the movie and let's get it on."
It has long been rumored that confirmed actor Mark Wahlberg, who returns as Cade Yeager, will be teamed-up with both Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox in this sequel. Though that has never been confirmed. Fox was notoriously removed from the third movie and replaced by Rosie Huntington-Whiteley after comparing Bay to Hitler. The filmmaker and actress later made up, with Megan Fox now headlining the human side of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise.
Isabela Moner recently boarded the sequel as the female lead. She is best known for such indie movies as 100 Things to Do Before High School and Growing Up Fisher. The movie also landed Jerrod Carmichael from NBC's The Carmichael Show as the comedic relief this time out. Shooting will take place in Detroit, with various on-location shoots planned to take place throughout the world.
Iron Man writers Art Marcum & Matt Holloway are joined by Black Hawk Down writer Ken Nolan on the screenplay. Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Don Murphy and Tom DeSanto return to produce this highly anticipated sequel. Transformers 5 will be followed by a Bumblebee spin-off movie in 2018, before Transformers 6 hits theaters in 2019. Will Tyrese be officially confirmed at some point? Probably. We'll keep you updated as more news breaks.