Sequel Bits: ‘Transformers: The Last Knight,’ ‘Star Trek Beyond,’ ‘Independence Day: Resurgence,’ ‘Finding Dory’
Posted on Tuesday, May 31st, 2016 by Jacob Hall
In today’s edition of Sequel Bits:
- Transformers: The Last Knight heads to Cuba and Megatron gets a redesign.
- Star Trek Beyond reveals new story points, photos, and posters.
- New clips and featurettes from Independence Day: Resurgence arrive online.
- Finding Dory would like you to talk like a whale on June 11.
Fast 8 garnered headlines for being the first American movie to shoot in Cuba following the United States re-establishing relations with its island neighbor. Now, Transformers: The Last Knight is following suit, becoming the second American film to shoot there. Michael Bay‘s Instagram account revealed the news, as you can see in the post embedded above. This now means we can now look forward to not one, but two 2017 action movies that will presumably transform Havana into a pile of smoldering rubble.
Cuba! There’s a Robot in there. A video posted by Michael Bay (@michaelbay) on
Bay’s Instagram feed later shared an incredibly brief video glimpse of the set, panning from the director lining up a shot to an old motorcycle and sidecar to a building covered in Che Guevara street art. The caption reads “Cuba! There’s a robot in there,” which could be referring to the building housing a robot or the motorcycle being the automotive disguise for a new Transformer character.
— #TRANSFORMERS (@transformers) May 31, 2016
Meanwhile, a familiar Transformers villain, Megatron, has a brand-new look, as revealed on Twitter.
Transformers: The Last Knight will see the return of various characters from across all four films in the series and one of them is Lt. Colonel William Lennox, who was played by Josh Duhamel in the first three movies. Speaking with the Observer, Duhamel revealed that the film will shoot in El Mirage, California:
At the top of his work docket is, of course, his role as Lt. Colonel William Lennox in Michael Bay’s Transformers: The Last Knight. The day before we (Observer) spoke, Mr. Duhamel was stationed to film his scenes 70 miles outside of Los Angeles in El Mirage, California. “I had never been there and it’s a trip,” he said of the far flung locale. “It’s this giant, flat lakebed with 40 MPH winds that didn’t stop all day, but Michael [Bay]’s set is unlike any other set. He has all of the gadgets and the coolest stuff, and the energy of that set is just really – well, it’s a spectacle, and it’s really changed my career. It’s helped me to pursue other little creative things. I love the big Transformer movies, but I also love these passion projects.”
I’ll say this much about Michael Bay – he always has a knack for finding cool places to shoot.
Despite looking awfully dead after his close encounter with an alien during Independence Day, Brent Spiner‘s Dr. Okun is alive (but probably not well) in Independence Day: Resurgence. This brief clip doesn’t have much context, but there is plenty we can infer. It certainly seems that Okun has been comatose sine 1996 (hence Bill Pullman‘s reaction to him being awake) and that the psychic invasion he endured has created a unique connection between him and the invaders.
By now, you probably know if Independence Day: Resurgence is up your alley or not. This new featurette, which is mostly footage from the movie with a few talking heads explaining how huge the whole endeavor is, won’t change any minds. However, it does feature some fairly impressive CGI destruction and a handful of solid Jeff Goldblum moments.
— Gillian Anderson (@GillianA) May 21, 2016
Gillian Anderson has a snowball’s chance in hell of actually playing James Bond, but the beloved (and just plain awesome) X-Files star embraced the enthusiasm of her fans who decided that she should be the next 007 on Twitter. Sure, hashtag games don’t actually influence anything at all, but they do lead to fan-made posters depicting Anderson as Britain’s top secret agent.