The fourth film in the Transformers franchise hits theaters in a couple of months, but a pair of late-minute additions to the cast have been made. Director Michael Bay announced today that John Goodman and Ken Watanabe (Inception) will provide the voices for two new autobots in Transformers: Age of Extinction. Goodman will play Autobot Hound and Watanabe will play Drift, while Peter Cullen reprises his role as the voice of Optimus Prime and Frank Welker will voice Galvatron. Goodman is no stranger to voice work having starred in two Pixar films—Monsters, Inc. and Monsters University—but this will be Watanabe’s first time voicing a character.
Hit the jump to read the full press release, which includes news on characters voiced by John DiMaggio, Mark Ryan, Robert Foxworth, and Reno Wilson. The human cast of Transformers 4 is led by Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz, Jack Treynor, and Kelsey Grammar. Transformers: Age of Extinction opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on June 27th.
Here’s the press release via Michael Bay’s blog:
HOLLYWOOD, CA (May 8, 2014) – Director Michael Bay has tapped John Goodman and Ken Watanabe to voice two all new Autobots in his highly anticipated film “TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION,” the fourth film in the global blockbuster franchise from Paramount Pictures.
Goodman and Watanabe will join legendary voice actors Peter Cullen and Frank Welker.
Goodman will play Autobot Hound, Watanabe will play Drift, while Cullen reprises his role as the voice of Optimus Prime, and Welker takes on another new character, Galvatron.
“I am pleased to welcome two gifted and versatile actors, John Goodman and Ken Watanabe, to the world of Transformers,” said Bay. “And to reteam with Peter and Frank, who have brought Transformers characters alive from the beginning. I’ve been fortunate to work with some of the best voice talent in the business, and together we will introduce several exciting new robots to fans of the franchise around the world.”
Rounding out the voice-over cast are actors John DiMaggio, Mark Ryan, Robert Foxworth and Reno Wilson. DiMaggio and Ryan will take on the new characters Crosshairs and Lockdown respectively, while Foxworth reprises the role of Ratchet and Wilson returns as Brains.