It’s official! The previously generically named ‘Transformers 4‘ now has a full title, as revealed by the release of the new teaser poster: ‘Transformers: Age of Extinction!’ The sandy background hints at a desert setting and of course the desert was the main basis for the first movie. But it’s the ‘Extinction’ that has people buzzing that film-goers might finally feast their eyes on the hugely popular Dinobots!
The Dinobots are five robots who switch from humanoid mode to the forms of savage prehistoric beasts. The leader is Grimlock, who becomes a Tyrannosaurus Rex. The others are Slag/Triceratops, Sludge/Brontosaurus, Snarl/Stegosaurus and Swoop/Pterodactyl. Debuting in 1985, the subset was an immediate smash with fans and became among the best selling toys in the line. On the cartoon, they served as comic relief with their primitive speech patterns and almost child-like mentalities.
Unfortunately, while creators were capable of cramming dozens of characters into an ongoing cartoon series, not to mention a best selling toy line, the filmmakers have been forced to only showcase a handful of characters in each movie. But finally, it sounds as if these popular characters have made the cut.
Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura all but confirmed this last week, saying “I can not disclose the specifics, but you can be sure that the arrival of the Dinobots will give the audience a lot to be excited about.” That’s a “when” not an “if.”
The film is currently filming in China with several Chinese actors, including Han Geng making his English-speaking debut and four bit actors who won a Chinese reality competition to land their parts. China is increasingly proving to be a vital market for movies, helping ‘Pacific Rim‘ which tanked in the US become a solid hit, generating $100 million in China alone.
Di Bonaventure added “The world’s coolest, most exciting cars will appear in the film, including Chinese vehicles, so whether you are a car enthusiast or not, it will be a feast for the eyes.”
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“Transformers: Age of Extinction” stars Mark Wahlberg, Stanley Tucci, Kelsey Grammer, Nicola Peltz, Sophia Myles and T.J. Miller and hits theaters on June 27, 2014.