The Transformers franchise is ready to take things to the next level and Ron Perlman is the actor to help them do it. In major Transformers news this week, it was announced that Perlman will be voicing Optimus Primal in the upcoming Beast Wars movie, “Transformers: Rise of the Beasts.”
This rules. To be fair, the Transformers franchise needed a shakeup, as it had gotten a touch formulaic and stale with Michael Bay. Beast Wars is the way to do it, for sure, as we get a few new species of alien robots to battle each other. The new movie is giving us a full live-action look at the Maximals, Terrocons, and Predacons (and more Autobot/Decepticons obviously). Perlman will be playing Optimus Primal, the Maximal badass he voiced in the Power of the Primes animated series.
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The movie will be set in 1994 and is going to be a globetrotting adventure with typical Transformers-esque plot points (big battles! Mythology! Transforming!). But Perlman is a badass, so this takes the entire hype score up a full level. He’s voicing an alien who transforms into a giant gorilla. He’s named for the Autobot legend who he actually saves the life of and becomes pretty badass. No plot points are known yet for the movie but come on, Perlman is gonna kill it.
Most fans know him from his time as Hellboy or a million other things (Sons of Anarchy for me, he was outstanding in that). He’s also done a ton of great voice acting, including the earlier turn as Optimus Primal and in some video games (again, amongst a million other things).
“Transformers: Rise of the Beasts” is coming to theaters in the summer of 2022.