Paramount Studios confirmed the title for the seventh installment of its blockbuster live-action Transformers film franchise during a virtual showcase held today. Titled Transformers: Rise of the Beasts, the next Transformers feature will take inspiration from the iconic and beloved Beast Wars: Transformers storyline, which takes place hundreds of years after the events of the original Transformers and pits two factions of animal-based Transformers against one another: the noble Maximals, led by Optimus Primal, and the villainous Predacons, led by Megatron. Set for release on June 24, 2022, Paramount’s Transformers: Rise of the Beasts will take place in 1994 and feature both classic fan-favorites and brand-new characters, as well as the return of Peter Cullen as the voice of Optimus Prime.
Our main hero, on the side of the Transformers, will once again be Optimus Prime. But Rise of the Beasts will also look to expand the big-screen world of Transformers, beyond the familiar, presenting a clash between different tribes of alien robots. One of those breeds, referenced in the titled, is known as Beast Wars. “In their disguise they [take on] animal form,” said Caple. “So…in our film, they’re these prehistoric animals that travel through time and space, and we find them here on Earth.”