Considering that Transformers: Age of Extinction opens in theaters in less than two months, the news that the production has just added two new cast members might sound a little odd. The movie is in post and has to be ready to go very soon, so what does the Michael Bay movie machine think it’s doing when it grabs up John Goodman and Ken Watanabe? No, Bay hasn’t gone insane. There’s actually a good reason for it and you can scroll on for the details.
Being that a sizeable portion of the Age of Extinction characters are CGI robots, it’s only natural that they need people to do a little voice work. Goodman and Watanabe both have recognizable voices, so Bay decided that they should take on the roles. But which characters will they be voicing exactly?
Goodman will be stepping into the shoes of Hound. Fans of the Transformers franchise might remember him as the army jeep Autobot. Watanabe is going to be voicing Drift, a sporty-looking car that was a Decepticon until he decided to become an Autobot. Which incarnation of that character will show up in Age of Extinction remains to be seen.
According to the official press release:
Director Michael Bay has tapped John Goodman and Ken Watanabe to voice two all new Autobots in his highly anticipated film “TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION,” the fourth film in the global blockbuster franchise from Paramount Pictures.
Goodman and Watanabe will join legendary voice actors Peter Cullen and Frank Welker.
Goodman will play Autobot Hound, Watanabe will play Drift, while Cullen reprises his role as the voice of Optimus Prime, and Welker takes on another new character, Galvatron.
“I am pleased to welcome two gifted and versatile actors, John Goodman and Ken Watanabe, to the world of Transformers,” said Bay. “And to reteam with Peter and Frank, who have brought Transformers characters alive from the beginning. I’ve been fortunate to work with some of the best voice talent in the business, and together we will introduce several exciting new robots to fans of the franchise around the world.”
Rounding out the voice-over cast are actors John DiMaggio, Mark Ryan, Robert Foxworth and Reno Wilson. DiMaggio and Ryan will take on the new characters Crosshairs and Lockdown respectively, while Foxworth reprises the role of Ratchet and Wilson returns as Brains.
So there you have it folks. Two more big-named actors have taken Michael Bay’s money and sold their soul to the devil of Hollywood. May God have mercy on their souls.
Check out Goodman, Watanabe and all the rest when Transformers: Age of Extinction hits the big screen on June 27th.