Michael Bay to cast Frank Welker as Soundwave in Transformers 2?

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Dec 14, 2012, 3:54 PM EST

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen director Michael Bay told fans on his official message board that he was going to go after original Transformers voice actor Frank Welker to play the role of Soundwave.

"I think I'm going to pursue Frank on Soundwave," Bay posted in response to fans who implored Bay to consider casting Welker.

Bay, who cast original Optimus Prime voice actor Peter Cullen in the same role in his first Transformers movie, raised a minor kerfuffle when he passed over Welker (who also voiced Megatron in the animated TV series) in favor of Hugo Weaving, who will be back to voice Megatron in the sequel.

According to Wikipedia, Welker voiced eight of the original 14 Decepticons in the 1980s animated series, including Megatron/Galvatron, Soundwave, Skywarp, Laserbeak, Buzzsaw, Rumble, Frenzy, Ravage and Ratbat. Welker had no role in the 2007 live-action movie.

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen stars Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson, Kevin Dunn, Julie White, John Benjamin Hickey, Ramon Rodriguez, Isabel Lucas and John Turturro. It opens in conventional and IMAX theaters on June 24.