John Goodman And Ken Watanabe To Voice Autobots In TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION
For the better part of a decade now, the Transformers film franchise has offered up some rather impressive CG work and explosive action sequences. The films have been rather polarizing among movie goers, but they continue to be huge successes at the box office. The fourth film in the franchise, Age of Extinction is gearing up to hit theaters this summer and sets up an entirely new cast, both human and robots. We knew that Peter Cullen would be returning to voice the iconic Optimus Prime, but outside of that, the voice cast has been unknown.
Today, however, it has been revealed that John Goodman and Ken Watanabe have signed on to voice a pair of Autobots. Goodman will be voicing the Hound character, while Watanabe will be handling the voicing duties of Drift, both newcomers to the franchise. It was also revealed that iconic voice actor Frank Welker will be voicing none other than…Galvatron. It has been long rumored that the big baddie would play a role in the film, but little or no confirmation has been given until now. Director Michael Bay had this to say on his blog:
“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.”
Rounding out the voicing cast are John DiMaggio, Mark Ryan, Robert Foxworth and Reno Wilson.DiMaggio and Ryan will voice Crosshairs and Lockdown, respectively, while Foxworth will reprise his role of Ratchet, with Wilson once again voicing the mini-bot Brains, who made his debut in Transformers: Dark of the Moon. Most of the characters no have voices attached to them, but there still may be a few that will be revealed.
As mentioned earlier, Age of Extinction will introduce a new set of characters and is set in the same “world” as the previous films, but the Transformers are in a much different spot, having had to go into hiding after the events of the last film. Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Pelts, Jack Reynor, Kelsey Grammer, Stanley Tucci and TJ Miller all star. Also joining the franchise are the wildly popular Dinobots. Age of Extinction hits theaters in June.