Transformers Age of Extinction plot

Here’s hoping you like the next Transformers movie, because there’s going to be a lot more where that came from. Michael Bay reiterated in a recent interview that Transformers: Age of Extinction is intended as the beginning of a new trilogy, though he wouldn’t confirm whether or not he plans to direct the other installments.

To help fans navigate this new Transformers trilogy, Bay also spilled some details on some of the fresh faces we’ll be seeing in the film, and shared a new photo of Dinobot Grimlock. Hit the jump for a new photo and lots of new details.

Bay revealed the new info in a conversation with EW. While the director also wouldn’t offer any specifics on the plotlines of Transformers 5 and 6, he did talk about the setup of Transformers: Age of Extinction.

Part of the conflict apparently stems from the fact that humanity is pretty pissed at the Transformers about the whole Attack on Chicago thing from Transformers: Dark of the MoonStar Mark Wahlberg, whose character winds up serving as a sort of go-between, explains.

[The government] wants to wipe out all the Transformers, all the Autobots. Optimus has lost all faith in humankind, and I’m trying to convince him there is still good in the world and we need to work together.

Bay put Optimus Prime’s mindset more succinctly, explaining, “He’s done good for earth, and he’s been fucked over.” As a result, Bay promised, we’ll see “angry Optimus Prime.”

In addition to angry Optimus Prime, Transformers: Age of Extinction will introduce us to a whole bunch of new Transformers. Like Lockdown, a bounty hunter who turns into a Lamborghini Aventador. Here’s what Bay had to say about him:

Lockdown is an interesting character. He travels the galaxy, he works for somebody else. And he’s here for one person, one alien, and then he’s out of here. So he doesn’t really want to take sides. The cause and balance of the galaxy is kind of messed up when different species play with different species. And that opens up a whole other gigantic world for Transformers.

There’s also Grimlock, a Dinobot. According to EW, Grimlock will be “150 feet long from tail to nostrils, 63.5 feet tall from the ground to the top of his horns, and weigh 850 tons.” He’ll be crafted entirely in CG, and he’ll have the ability to breathe fire.

Transformers Age of Extinction - Grimlock

Bay wouldn’t disclose Grimlock’s backstory, however.

I like to keep things very much in the dark. But yes, you’ll understand why they’re there when you see the movie. If you think I’m supposed to give away a lot of story points? No way! Keep it secret.

In fact, some of Transformers‘ secrets won’t even be revealed in Age of Extinction, but will instead be saved for future installments.

Lockdown’s ship has a lot of meaning that can go into other movies. There’s a lot of backstory about that ship that’s not laid out here. You’re going to see a few things where you’re like ‘What is that? And what is that?’ And you’re going to see a couple shots like, ‘Wait a minute, who are they?’ But we don’t answer those questions.

See what questions Transformers: Age of Extinction does answer when it opens June 27.

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