Fans will get their first glimpse of Transformers: Age of Extinction footage during Super Bowl XLVIII, but in the meantime, new plot details have surfaced from the Brazilian website Omelete. The information below does contain some information we already knew, such as the sequel taking place four years after Transformers: Dark of the Moon and Mark Wahlberg's Cade Yeager discovering Transformers technology. However, we learn a lot more about the characters and their place in the story, including a reveal for Stanley Tucci's character Joshua, and more about Cade, Nicola Peltz's Tessa Yeager, Jack Reynor's Shane, Kelsey Grammer's Harold Attinger, Sophia Myles' Darcy and Titus Welliver's Savoy.
There will be plot spoilers below, so read on at your own risk!
"Four years after the Battle of Chicago, the government is using reverse-engineered leftover technology to build their own Transformers. Joshua (Stanley Tucci) is an arrogant designer who believes the Autobots are "pieces of junk" and creating his own robots is a form of art. He's fills basically the same role as Agent Simmons (John Turturro) from the previous trilogy.
Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg) is a widowed inventor who lives on a farm with his daughter Tessa (Nicola Peltz), unaware that she's dating a race car driver, Shane (Jack Reynor). Cade finds a piece of Cybertronian technology and takes it back to his farm, but it is accidentally activated, leading the government and alien bounty hunters to his farm. The bounty hunters (it's unclear if they're connected to the Decepticons) have antigravity weapons which they use to abduct Tessa. In another scene, an entire transatlantic cruise ship is raised out of the ocean and crosses through a busy intersection while the protagonists are in the middle of a car chase.
Sophia Myles is playing Darcy, Joshua's assistant and an archaeologist. Cade, Tessa, Shane, Joshua and Darcy are the main human characters, and the main subplot is Shane trying to prove his worth to Cade. Also, Cade addresses Bumblebee as "Bee" and calms him down when Joshua trash-talks him, indicating he might be Bumblebee's new owner.
This falls in line with what producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura revealed last week, when he said that Transformers: Age of Extinction is not a reboot, but the story does acknowledge the previous trilogy. The possible revelation that Cade may own Bumblebee is definitely a new wrinkle that hasn't been addressed yet, as is Tessa's boyfriend Shane trying to prove himself to Cade.
Of course, none of these details have been confirmed by Paramount Pictures at this time, so we'll have to wait and see if this information is true or not.