Sure, Michael Bay’s Transformers: Age of Extinction is set to open wide in just two months, but that doesn't mean he’s done casting Autobots.
The fourth sequel in the explosion-tastic robo-franchise has added John Goodman (Argo) and Ken Watanabe (Inception) to voice two Autobots that will be featured in the film. Goodman will play Hound, while Watanabe will play Drift. They’ll join Optimus Prime voice actor Peter Cullen and Galvatron voice actor Frank Welker behind the scenes.
Here’s what Bay had to say in a statement announcing the deals:
“I am pleased to welcome two gifted and versatile actors, John Goodman and Ken Watanabe, to the world of Transformers. 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.”
Considering the voice work will all be dubbed in post, it’s not much of a shock to hear these casting moves break so late — but dang, it is getting close to the 11th hour at this point. We’ll be anxious to see how they fit into the world Bay has created.
What do you think? Are Goodman and Watanabe good choices to voice the next generation of Autobots?
Transformers: Age of Extinction opens June 27.