Entertainment Weekly has revealed the first look at the controversial Transformer Hot Rod in the upcoming fifth installment of the franchise, Transformers: The Last Knight.
The Last Knight continues the story of Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg) along with the Dinobots introduced in Age of Extinction. The film will not only lay the groundwork for future installments and spin-offs of the franchise to come but it will also explore the mythology of how the Transformers were created and Hot-Rod is going to play a key role in that plotline.
Hot Rod himself was granted the Autobot Matrix of Leadership when he was first introduced in the 1986 animated film, Transformers: The Movie, which shockingly killed off many of the main characters including Optimus Prime. Hot Rod assumed command after he was reformatted into Rodimus Prime and fans were not happy about it.
Fortunately, Optimus returned the following year in the season three finale of the series which was a direct response to the negative reaction from fans after his death in the animated movie.
According to the magazine, Hot Rod will assist the astronomer Sir Edmund Burton — played by Sir Anthony Hopkins — who has tracked the Transformers Earthly connections to another scholar, the Oxford professor of English literature Viviane Wembley (Laura Haddock).
The first look at Hot Rod released features the Autobot come face to face with the Oxford professor who is unaware she harbors a genetic secret that has the power to save or destroy the planet, nor did she know that she had a friend in the covert Autobot. You can check out the image below.
The outlet also revealed that Hot Rod has secretly been serving as Wembley’s protector, disguised as her fathers 1963 Citroën DS. Haddock dished on her connection to the old car:
“It’s a rickety old thing, but she can’t part with it because she adores it. This car has actually been put there to watch her and feedback information to Anthony Hopkins’s character about what she’s up to and her life. So yeah, she gets kind of taken [by surprise] in a really funny, dramatic way by this Hot Rod.”
Haddock also explained that the discovery that her father’s car was actually a Transformers keeping a watchful eye on her will have an impact on how Wembley sees her father:
“The revelation also reshapes how she viewed her dad. She’s not had a very good relationship with her father, but this is one thing that her father has done that makes her realize that maybe he cared than she thought.”
As for the voice of Hot Rod, producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura revealed that the studio has yet to cast an actor in the role.
The film also stars Mark Wahlberg, Isabela Moner, Stanley Tucci, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson, Santiago Cabrera, Jerrod Carmichael, Liam Garrigan, Peter Cullen and John Goodman. Here’s the official synopsis:
“The Last Knight shatters the core myths of the Transformers franchise, and redefines what it means to be a hero. Humans and Transformers are at war, Optimus Prime is gone. The key to saving our future lies buried in the secrets of the past, in the hidden history of Transformers on Earth. Saving our world falls upon the shoulders of an unlikely alliance: Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg); Bumblebee; an English Lord (Sir Anthony Hopkins); and an Oxford Professor (Laura Haddock).
There comes a moment in everyone’s life when we are called upon to make a difference. In Transformers: The Last Knight, the hunted will become heroes. Heroes will become villains. Only one world will survive: theirs, or ours.”
Transformers: The Last Knight hits theaters June 23, 2017. Stay tuned to Heroic Hollywood for the latest news on the Transformers franchise as we learn it.
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