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THE Transformers: Rise of the Beasts The New York City red carpet was filled with fans-turned-stars, who grew up watching movies and playing with toys, and now found themselves celebrating their role in bringing these iconic characters to life.
“It’s a dream come true,” said Cristo Fernández The Hollywood Reporter at the premiere on Monday. “I still can not believe it. I ask people to pinch me. I used to play with toys and now I’m one of them.
The actor voices Wheeljack, the first Latino Autobot Transformers history. “I just hope this opens more doors for more Latino talent out there,” the Ted Lasso star added.
Liza Koshy, who voices the Autobot Arcee, echoed Fernández’s statement, explaining that she was so excited to be a part of such an important piece of pop culture history and joking that everyone has had all sorts of awakenings. with Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox in the 2007 live action film.
“She’s standing up for the femme Autobots,” Koshy said DAY on the Arc. “He represents women, and he’s so strong in the sense that he doesn’t stuff any pleasantries. She is assertive. You are a boss. You call her a bitch and put evil in front of her. She is in her power. And I’m so honored to play her.
The actress stressed that having a character like hers is so important because it shows women that they don’t need to complicate things. They can be polite and assertive. They can decide and ask for what they deserve.
Dominique Fishback, who stars in the film with Anthony Ramos, shared that she felt drawn to her character Elena because she was smart, had an incredible story arc, and is as proudly from Brooklyn, New York as she is.
“It was nice to relax into a character and really lean into the accent,” she said DAY, before adding that she enjoyed working alongside Ramos. “We wanted to do something really epic together, really Brooklyn, and we never imagined there would be this.”
Tongayi Chirisa, who voices Cheetor, said he grew up watching Transformers and often drew Optimus Prime, declaring himself a “fanboy”.
“The beauty of this kind of directing is that you’re like a kid in a candy store,” said Chirisa DAY. “So, you can allow your imagination to really set the scene for you. And, of course, with the director’s guidance, you find the magic.”
Transformers: Rise of the Beasts is considered a direct sequel from 2018 Bumblebee and a prequel to the first Transformers live-action film series with LaBeouf and Fox. It follows Optimus Prime and the Autobots in their greatest challenge yet, when a new threat emerges capable of destroying the entire planet. Together with the Maximals, they must save the world.
Producers Tom DeSanto and Lorenzo di Bonaventura, who have worked on the franchise since the 2007 film, are back to The rise of the beasts and stressed the importance of giving the audience good content that also respects the titles that preceded it.
“I think you realize, with all the Transformershow deep is the love for the characters,” di Bonaventura said DAY. “And so, we really want to do well with the public’s memory of who they are.”
“The world needs heroes now,” DeSanto said, adding that movies can help tear down walls and build bridges for people everywhere, from Beijing to Barcelona to Boston. “Art is the best weapon good has on the planet, and I’m glad we’re sharing this world with the planet.”
Steven Caple Jr. chose to direct the film because he was a fan of the franchise, but also because it was a huge opportunity for him to put his stamp on a franchise and make it think about who it is.
“Everything from the characters, the storyline, the emotional parts, the laughs, it’s the tone that I like to play, and to be able to do it on such a huge platform, I had to accept that,” said Caple Jr. DAY. “You have a little bit of everything (in The rise of the beasts): heart, humour, holding one’s breath, a little fear”.
But the most important thing about the film, according to him, is the Autobots’ catchphrase of “‘Til All Are One”.
“I hope you feel that level of unity when you walk out of the theater,” she explained. “I made this film in 2020, so that’s how I wanted people to feel afterward. It would seem special to me if we all felt together, like a family.”