30 Jun – It was revealed that "Hellboy" star Ron Perlman is set to join the "Transformers" franchise.
The actor has been tapped to voice the character of Optimus Primal - the fearless leader of the Maximals - in the upcoming "Transformers: Rise of the Beasts"; which will introduce other new characters from the original animated series, "Beast Wars: Transformers".
It is noted that the original character was voiced by Garry Chalk, though Perlman later took the role in the animated series, "Transformers: Power of the Primes".
The upcoming movie, which will be set in the 1990s, will also introduce the Predacons and Terrorcons while at the same time maintaining the battle between Autobots and Decepticons.
Steven Caple Jr. will be helming the movie that will also star Anthony Ramos ("In the Heights") and Dominique Fishback ("Judas and the Black Messiah") in human characters.
"Transformers: Rise of the Beasts" is scheduled to be released in theatres in June 2022.