It's official! Transformers: The Last Knight is starting production this week. And it will be the second big budget Hollywood movie to shoot in Cuba following Fast & Furious 8, which arrived in the country last month. Director Michael Bay confirmed the news on his personal Instagram account. Though, he has revealed little else yet. We can surely expect the filmmaker to drop plenty of behind-the-scenes images as shooting gets underway.
Fast 8 was the first major Hollywood production to shoot in Cuba in the past 50 years, after the U.S. lifted the longstanding trade embargo and eased travel restrictions into the country. Conan also took his talk show there earlier this year, and it appears to be the new premiere destination for TV and movie productions. We're not sure how Cuba will be utilized in The Last Knight, but we're pretty positive Michael Bay will bring his destructive hand to the country. After Optimus Prime and the rest of the Autobots get done, perhaps Hollywood won't be allowed back in.
This has been a big week for Transformers 5. Not only did The Last Knight title get officially announced by Hasbro and Paramount, it was confirmed that Josh Duhamel will return as Lieutenant Colonel Lennox. It will be his fourth movie in the franchise, having been introduced in the 2007 original and going onto appear in 2009's Revenge of the Fallen and 2011's Dark of the Moon. He skipped out on 2014's Age of Extinction.
Tyrese Gibson, who played Lennox's partner Epps, has also expressed his interest in returning, having sat out Transformers 4 with Duhamel. Bay is keeping the actor on the ropes for the time being, and refuses to confirm Gibson's return quite yet. It's possible that other original trilogy stars such as Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox will return. 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.
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, Wahlberg's Cade Yeager will be facing a new alien threat that brings Lennox (and possibly Epps) back into duty. Isabela Moner has signed on as the female lead, though no character details have been revealed. The movie also has 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. More updates on The Last Knight are expected soon. You can take at Michael Bay's latest update below, which recycles the title announcement from earlier in the week.