The final and fifth Transformers movie by director Michael Bay in the franchise is coming in June next year and the casting process has already begun. Mark Wahlberg is returning as Cade Yeager from “Transformers: Age of Extinction.” The venerable Peter Cullen will once again lend voice to Optimus Prime. Other than that no single actor from the earlier films appears to be returning just yet but there are some new additions, though. Isabela Moner (“The House That Jack Built”) signed in recently and the latest addition is that of Jerrod Carmichael of NBC’s “The Carmichael Show.”
The Wrap reports that comedian Carmichael, who has also starred in the two “Neighbors” movies, is in talks to join Paramount Pictures’ “Transformers 5.” It is expected that Carmichael will lend his talents to Michael Bay’s final transformers film as a comic relief amid all the Autobot versus Decepticon mayhem. His role in “Transformers 5” or whatever it ends up being called, maybe similar to that of actor T.J. Miller in “Age of Extinction,” which might not bode too well for the actor’s screen time.
T.J. Miller was killed by a giant angry evil robot called Lockdown. Perhaps Carmichael will be freeze-fried while he is making a joke. Just imagine Leonardo DiCaprio frozen in “Titanic” but with a huge crescent grin on his face, with his teeth bared out. Disturbing, right? Yeah, we think so too. Remember Mel Johnson Jr. (not Mel Gibson) as Benny in Paul Verhoeven’s “Total Recall”? If you don’t then, well, “screw you!” like Arnold Schwarzenegger says in that film as he drills a hole. However, our reference to Verhoeven’s film wasn’t meant to give you any hopes that a “Transformers” movie would be as interesting as that 1990 film, despite being produced by Steven Spielberg and being written by Oscar-winning screenwriter Akiva Goldsman (“A Beautiful Mind”).
One thing’s for certain, hopefully, and that is there will be lots of lens flares and mindless robot on robot violence where the metal parts will hit the audiences in the face, especially those who will be watching the 3D version and the film will possibly give migraines to those watching in 2D. Also, the number of explosions will expectedly be five times more than that of the first movie.
“Transformers 5” will release on June 23, 2017.