On October 19, 2021, Steven Caple Jr. took to Instagram to share a thrilling bit of news concerning “Transformers: Rise of the Beasts.” “That’s a wrap,” he wrote in the caption, much to the delight of fans and colleagues in the comments section. A picture of himself sitting inside of Optimus Prime’s truck form — a clean, vibrant, Generation 1-inspired version at that — accompanied the announcement. Therefore, one can only imagine that the film is on track to meet its proposed release date of June 24, 2022, bringing with it an entirely new, exciting chapter in the sprawling “Transformers” continuity.
Set against the backdrop of the mid-1990s, “Rise of the Beasts” takes audiences back to a time long before the “Transformers” movies we’ve known took place. In doing so, Caple Jr.’s story will include famous factions, such as the Maximals, Predacons, and Terrorcons, who have brought their extraterrestrial conflict to Earth. Noah (Anthony Ramos) and Elena (Dominique Fishback), among a few others, will serve as the poor humans that get caught in the crossfire, but they’ll have heroes like Optimus Prime (Cullen) and Bumblebee on their side, so they should be just fine.
There’s a lot to be optimistic about from what we’ve seen of “Rise of the Beasts” so far, and should it stick the landing, another silver screen “Transformers” golden age could be on the horizon.