Multiple outlets, including Deadline, have reported that a new untitled Transformers project has found its lead in up and coming star Anthony Ramos. Ramos, probably most famous for his roles in Hamilton and A Star Is Born, was poised for a huge summer of 2020, but due to the pandemic that summer has been pushed back a year. His role of Usnavi In the Heights is certainly a star-making performance, but was pushed back. However, he is still seen as an inevitable force in the coming years. This blockbuster Transformers project will certainly help his rise.
In addition to Ramos, current insiders say that the studio is looking for a female lead to play opposite of Ramos.
Hasbro and Paramount have significantly changed their approach with the Transformers films. After huge financial success, but little critical success, with the five Michael Bay-directed films, the studio has been going in a new direction.
Travis Knight’s Bumblebee got good reviews, and they are going with a similarly interesting director in former Creed II helmer Steven Caple Jr, while the script is written by Joby Harold, based on early scripts by Matt Holloway, Art Marcum, and Ken Nolan.
Even the leads of Hailee Steinfeld and Anthony Ramos are at similar stages in their rising careers and are not akin to a huge A-list actor like Mark Wahlberg. There are not even hard feelings between Bay and the studios as Bay has stayed on board to producer both of these projects.
It is certainly interesting to see the continuing evolution of this franchise, and it looks like they are giving projects to people that really care about the material. The Transformers franchise is also working on many other projects, including an animated film as well as a sequel to 2018’s Bumblebee.
The untitled Transformers film is set to hit theaters on June 24, 2022.