For Transformers fans, it has been an exciting last week or so. First we saw some shots of Barricade in Culver City, then Optimus Prime was spotted on the 405, and yesterday we reported that the Sedona, Arizona film office is expecting to see Michael Bay and his people very soon. All signs are pointing to an early start for the highly anticipated sequel, and we couldn’t be happier to hear it.
Late yesterday evening, our friends at IESB sent over word that they have got some more information to share with everyone regarding Transformers 2 — and this time we are actually getting some (alleged) details about characters, plot and the robot lineup. First off, their spy in the field revealed that the Decepticons will be getting some assistance this time around from the Constructicons:
“In the cartoons, their names were Scrapper, Bonecrusher, Scavenger, Mixmaster, Hook and Long Haul. And what do we get when they all combine and form one huge ass robot? That’s right boys and girls, we are going to see DEVASTATOR on the big screen!”
Next, they seem to have come across some human casting/character breakdowns for the film:
[CHUCK] 19-25 yrs., Sam’s roommate at Princeton. He runs a conspiracy theory website. Funny in an irreverent, edgy way, he is shocked to see his conspiracy theories come to life. (2nd Lead)
[U.S. MILITARY LEADER] Late 20s/early 30s, African American with a great sense of humor and a tough military presence. (Supporting lead)
[UK SPECIAL FORCES LEADER] British, in his early to mid 30s, smart and capable. Can be Caucasian, Black, East Indian. (Supporting lead)
[GALLOWAY] Early 40s-early 50s, male, National Security Advisor and presidential liaison. A curt man who is tightly wound. (Supporting Lead)
[PROFESSOR COLAN] 40s, Sam’s physics professor at Princeton. He’s a self-satisfied intellectual who compares himself to Einstein, and is arrogant enough to wear leather pants to look cool. (1 Scene)
[THERESA] Early 30s; she’s Sgt. Epps’ wife, has 4 kids, sassy and sexy, good with comedy. Submit African American actresses only
[MOMMA SIMMONS] This NY Momma is in her late 60s / early 70s. She runs a deli/ butcher shop with her son in Brooklyn. Tough and sarcastic. (1 Scene)
[MASSIVE DYNAMICS CEO] 50s, male, this Corporate CEO appears in front of congress to testify. (1 speech/scene)
[TEXAS CONGRESSMAN] 55-65 yrs., on a Congressional Committee investigating the purpose of the “Automated Defensive Initiative” developed by Massive Dynamics.
[FBI DIRECTOR] Mid 50s, male, giving a press release assuring the public they will be safe against attacks. (1 speech/scene)
[CNN REPORTER] Reporting on missile strikes and bombings in various cities. Submit male / female, all ethnicities (1 speech)
So as you can see, this gives away a bit of what we can expect from the plot. It is apparent that Sam (Shia LaBeouf) is at Princeton, it appears that the government may be getting involved with “Automated Defense” (whatever that means) and it appears that some of the film may take place in the UK. From there, you can create all of your own theories — we aren’t here to speculate about plot, we just want giant robots blowing shit up on the big screen.
Additionally, there is a rumor floating around the Don Murphy message boards that Natassia Malthe (pictured right) has already been cast in the Transformers 2. Of course, I can’t go any further without stressing to you that this, as well as everything else above, is all unsubstantiated rumor at this point — no one really knows what is going on with Transformers 2, except Bay and his team. Although, despite the rumor fact, these could be pretty interesting developments should they be in any way rooted in fact.
It goes without saying that I am excited about this film, and I can’t wait to have it well on its way to post production and into theaters, but it is certainly going to be a long wait. Production isn’t scheduled to begin until June or July of this year (although things seem to be ramping up a bit early) and Transformers 2 itself won’t be ready for audiences until June 26, 2009. Either way, it is good to see that Michael Bay and team have started working — it is sure to be an awesome ride.
News Courtesy of IESB