Goodman Watanabe

It’s always good when major actors are cast in a film two months before it opens right? No? Well, it’s a little less of an issue when they’re the voices of two supporting characters. Which is what director Michael Bay just announced.

Bay revealed that John Goodman and Ken Watanabe have joined the cast of Transformers: Age of Extinction as the voices of Autobots Hound and Drift. Below, read who else will join them in as voices in the Transformers Age of Extinction cast.

Here’s the full press release on the new Transformers Age of Extinction cast:

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.

Now, I joked at the beginning of this piece about the timing here but I wouldn’t be too worried. Odds are Goodman and Watanabe did their voices a while ago, we’re just finding out now.

However, it’ll be interesting to hear if the voices of Hound or Drift will even be distinguishable as Goodman and Watanabe. Most of the time the voices are put through a lot of processing. What do you think?

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