Paramount Pictures heralds the April 12 arrival of the final trailer for “Transformers: The Last Knight” with an explosive 20-second teaser in which Anthony Hopkins hints as the secret history of the robots in disguise.
That’s no surprise for anyone who’s been paying attention to the marketing for the fifth film in the franchise, which has long promised to shatter some of its core myths, all while introducing a fierce new heroine and some adorable baby Dinobots.
With Optimus Prime gone following the events of 2014’s “Age of Extinction,” a war for survival has broken out between humanity and the Transformers, leading to a grim dystopia where robots pursue children through bombed-out cities. “The Last Knight” promises to answer one of the core questions of the Transformers universe: Why do these robots in disguise keep returning to Earth?
“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.
The film sets the stage for the planned expansion of the $3.78 billion franchise that includes a Bumblebee spinoff slated for 2018, another Transformers sequel in 2019, and a possible origin movie for the constantly warring Autobots and Decepticons.
Directed by Michael Bay, “Transformers: The Last Knight” stars franchise veterans Mark Wahlberg, Stanley Tucci, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson and John Turturro, joined by newcomers Isabela Moner, Liam Garrigan, Jerrod Carmichael, Mitch Pileggi, Laura Haddock, Santago Cabrera and Anthony Hopkins. The film opens June 23.