If you aren’t happy with just Peter Cullen and Frank Welker being the most memorable voices of the Autobots, 2 actors are lending their voices in the fourth film of the franchise! That’s right, Michael Bay has just announced that both John Goodman (‘The Big Lebowski’,’ Argo’) and Ken Watanabe (‘Godzilla‘, ‘Inception‘) will be doing voice work for the upcoming ‘Transformers: Age of Extinction‘! While Goodman has done voicework before for Pixar’s ‘Monsters’, this will be the first time Watanabe has lent just his voice to a movie.
So who will they be voicing? Both are playing Autobots and it looks like Goodman will be playing Hound while Watanabe will be playing Drift. (Frankly, I could have seen Watanabe playing either.)
According to Bay, “I am pleased to welcome two gifted and versatile actors, John Goodman and Ken Watanabe, to the world of Transformers, 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.”
While we now know that Goodman and Watanabe have just been added, there are also two other actors in addition that will be joining the cast of this movie. We’ll be hearing John DiMaggio (‘Futurama’, ‘Adventure Time’) doing the voice of Crosshairs and one of my favorite underrated actors, Mark Ryan (‘The Prestige’, ‘Black Sails’), has signed on to do the voice of Lockdown.
Are you looking to hear the latest Transformers voiced by such great talent? Do you think the new casting for the humans in the film may lead to a stronger story or better summer popcorn flick? Share your thoughts below!
‘Transformers: Age of Extinction’ will be released in theaters on the 27th of June, 2014.