John Goodman and Ken Watanabe Join ‘Transformers: Age of Extinction’

Ken Watanabe and John Goodman Join Transformers Age of Extinction
Ken Watanabe (Photo © Richard Chavez)

Ken Watanabe (soon to be seen in Godzilla) and John Goodman have signed up to voice Autobots in the new Transformers film, Transformers: Age of Extinction, from director Michael Bay. According to Bay’s official announcement, Goodman will voice Hound while Watanabe is voicing an Autobot named Drift. Returning Transformers voice actors include Peter Cullen as Optimus Prime, Frank Welker voicing a new character named Galvatron, Robert Foxworth reprising his role as Ratchet, and Reno Wilson will be back as Brains.

“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.”

Ehren Kruger wrote the script. Don Murphy, Tom DeSanto, Lorenzo Di Bonaventura and Ian Bryce are producing the fourth Transformers film based on the Hasbro toy line.

Paramount Pictures will release Transformers: Age of Extinction in theaters on June 27, 2014.

The Plot:

Transformers: Age of Extinction begins after an epic battle that left a great city torn, but with the world saved. As humanity picks up the pieces, a shadowy group reveals itself in an attempt to control the direction of history… while an ancient, powerful new menace sets Earth in its crosshairs. With help from a new cast of humans, Optimus Prime and the Autobots rise to meet their most fearsome challenge yet. In an incredible adventure, they are swept up in a war of good and evil, ultimately leading to a climactic battle across the world.


Sources: Michael Bay, Paramount Pictures

-By Rebecca Murray

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