Collider reports that Ron Perlman will provide the voice of Optimus Primal, a robot who transforms into a gorilla and leads the Autobots-affiliated group the Maximals, in “Transformers: Rise of the Beasts.” He previously voiced the character on the 2018 animated series “Transformers: Power of the Primes,” but not in the nineties series that previously focused on the animal Transformers, “Beast Wars: Transformers” (Garry Chalk voiced the heroic gorilla-bot in that one).
In the film, Optimus Primal is older than the other Maximals like rhino-bot Rhinox and falcon-bot Airazor, and he “takes care of his own,” according to Collider. He is not a different version of Optimus Prime, but rather, he was named in tribute to the Autobot leader, whom he admires.
“Transformers: Rise of the Beasts” will be a direct sequel to 2018’s “Bumblebee.” It will follow Noah (Ramos), a military veteran in 1994 Brooklyn who gets caught up in the ongoing war between the alien super-robots the Autobots and the Decepticons, who in this story will be joined by the Maximals (Autobots) and the Predacons and Terrorcons (Decepticons), the latter of whom are led by the movie’s big bad, an Autobot-killer known as the Scourge. The movie is set to be directed by “Creed II” director Steven Caple Jr. and written by Darnell Metayer and Josh Peters from a story by “Obi-Wan Kenobi” writer Joby Harold.
“Transformers: Rise of the Beasts” is currently slated to be released on June 24, 2022.