John Goodman and Ken Watanabe to Voice New Autobots in TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION

     May 8, 2014


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 GrammarTransformers: Age of Extinction opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on June 27th.

transformers-age-of-extinction-imax-posterHere’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.

  • jk

    That’s cool that Frank Welker gets his due, voicing Galvatron. Always thought it was kind of a shame Hugo Weaving got the Megatron voice-role, when Welker had been doing it back in the 80s.

  • Tyler

    Sulley the Autobot.

  • ScoobyDooFTW

    This is great casting.

  • Leo Spaceman

    Always glad to have great voices for animated characters, but with Bay films it will most likely be a mute point where you don’t notice the actor, you just hear the lines. I really hope that with the next iteration of Transformers (I promise you they will keep making movies as long as they make toys) they replace Spielberg with Peter Jackson as Godfather of the series switching from ILM to WETA digital and they do motion cap for the Bots. Hire real actors to play the bots and let them bring the characters to life. Right now Bay just creates mayhem and uses CGI to plop a Transformer in there, but if the right person takes the time to do it right, they could bring up a version of Rhinox who is basically just the Rock with glasses any ways, and he wields the dual Gatling Guns of Doom. Just imagine the Rock in Glasses screaming as bullets fire his sawblades rip bots into metal and spiked metal balls on chains destroy a horde of insectons swooping in on him.

    • The Flobbit

      Hear hear. So sad to hear another talented actor like Watanabe going to waste.

  • DEADP00L

    Frank Welker should have been brought on a loooong time ago.

    • ʝoe ßloggs

      Still Michael Bay. For me, still fail. I’ll wait for the theme park ride.

  • ʝoe ßloggs

    Galvatron: First Prime, then Ultra Magnus, and now you. It is a pity you Autobots die so easily, or I might have a sense of satisfaction.

  • TheMattedScreen

    Anyone else hope Goodman’s autobot takes a crowbar to another car’s windshield while yelling at a kid?

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