Transformers: The Last Knight, though very little of what’s been revealed has to do with the film’s actual plot.
- Optimus Prime return to Cybertron to find the planet dead. To bring it back to life he’ll need a mysterious artifact that wake up Cybertron.
- The artifact is connected to Merlin, the sorcerer mentor to King Arthur in the legendary story. Merlin gained his magic through a visiting Transformer, not the first time the race has dabbled in altering human history artifact could be the mythical sword Excalibur.
- Bumblebee will take a bigger role while Optimus seeks out Cybertron, along with Hound, Crosshairs, Drift, the Dinobots and “mini-dinobots” operating out of the South Dakota badlands.
- The Creator” will be introduced who may have a direct connection to the Transformers’ origins – and given the name, Sir Anthony Hopkins seems like a frontrunner for that role.
- Megatron returns (again) as the villain.
- Optimus Prime heading into outer space for a confrontation with the Transformers’ mysterious Creators, while secondary villain Galvatron (a reincarnation of Megatron) absconded to parts unknown along with his new army
- They are also known as the Quints.
The Quintessons are a bizarre and ancient race of mechanoids, whose origins are unknown and their history and crafty actions are bound up with the history of the Transformers, and connections with Primus and Unicron. They prefer subterfuge, scheming, and advanced technology over brute force, but if those don’t work, they can fall back on the legion of deadly Sharkticons and Allicons at their command and a fleet of battle-ready spaceships as well. However, the Quintessons themselves have zero fighting abilities and are absolute cowards if they have nothing to hide behind. For example, they are seen to be powerless against a Sharkticon revolt.
Quintessons are also known by the adorable racial slur ‘squids’.
|“||[We] are Quintessons! Arrogance is our life’s blood, ambition is our food and drink, but most of all, hubris is the air we breathe!!||”|
|—Al-Badur dissin’ his peeps, Wreckers: Finale Part II|
|“||Deceivers! Betrayers! Five-faced slime of the nebula!||”|
|—Galvatron on the Quintessons, “Five Faces of Darkness, Part 5”|
The Quintessons are sinister robotic creatures with five sided heads, each side with a different face, including the face of death. These tentacled beings, who travel on beams of energy, are cruel and emotionless, and the creators of all the Transformers on Cybertron millions of years ago. The Quintessons never intended their intelligent machines to develop emotions. But, to their horror, the Transformers rose up against their masters and drove them away from Cybertron. The Quintessons retreated to a planet they named Quintessa, where they lived a stark and barren existence with their Sharkticon guards. Sinister and vicious, lacking any individualistic intelligence, the Sharkticons usually serve as executioners for their Quintesson masters, who toss condemned victims into the Sharkticon pit. The Quintessons finally decided to blow up their planet, Quintessa, to try to prevent Autobot captives and invaders from escaping. Their plot to destroy the Autobots failed. And now, without a world of their own, they roam the universe with their Sharkticons, making victims of whatever luckless beings cross their path. Their goal is to regain control of Cybertron and eradicate all Autobots and Decepticons. Yet, so manipulative and cunning are they, that they even tricked the Decepticons into helping them achieve their aim.
The Quintessons appear to be mostly (if not entirely) mechanical beings. They come in several distinct forms, some of which are identified by their place in the Quintessons’ bizarre court system.
The most prominent and famous type of Quintesson, as well as the apparent “leaders” of the race, are the Judges, also referred to as the Imperial Magistrates. Judges have inverted, egg-shaped bodies which float on a beam of energy and possess wiry tentacles for grappling and moving things, but their most distinctive physical characteristics are their five faces which rotate on an axis. Each face represents a different aspect of the Quintesson, though for four of the five faces, there are conflicting accounts as to what each represents.
- Mark Wahlberg as Cade Yeager, a single father and struggling inventor, who helped the Autobots during the events of Age of Extinction.
- Stanley Tucci as Joshua Joyce, the ambitiously arrogant head of KSI who created Galvatron during the events of Age of Extinction.
- Isabela Moner as Izabella, a street-smart tomboy who grew up an orphan and was raised in foster care. Her only friend in life is Sqweeks
- Josh Duhamel as William Lennox, a soldier who partnered back with the Autobots prior to the events Transformers and Revenge of the Fallen
- Tyrese Gibson as Robert Epps, a soldier who partnered back with the Autobots prior to the events of Transformers Revenge of the Fallen and Dark of the Moon
- Liam Garrigan as King Arthur
- Jerrod Carmichael
- Mitch Pileggi
- Laura Haddock
- Santiago Cabrera
- Anthony Hopkins-The Creator
- Peter Cullen voices Optimus Prime, the leader of the Autobots, who transforms into a blue and red Western Star 5700 XE with flame decals, and is also searching for the truth about his Creators.
- Bumblebee, a young Autobot scout who transforms into a custom-built yellow and black 2016 Chevrolet Camaro.
- Hound, a boisterous and gutsy Autobot commando who transforms into a Mercedes Unimog military tactical vehicle.
- Drift, a wise Autobot tactician and a former Decepticon who transforms into a black and red 2017 Mercedes-AMG GT R.
- Crosshairs, a self-centered Autobot paratrooper and elite sniper who transforms into a green and black 2016 Chevrolet Corvette C7 Stingray equipped with a custom split-spoiler.
- Hot Rod, a brash and arrogant Autobot who transforms into a Lamborghini Centenario LP770-4, and is brother-in-arms with Bumblebee.
- Sqweeks, a small-sized Autobot and the only friend of Izabella, who transforms into a turquoise Vespa.
- A silver 2017 Aston Martin DB11.
- Megatron, the revived leader of the Decepticons who possessed a human-made KSI drone in Age of Extinction.
- Barricade, a Decepticon scout who survived the battle of Chicago in Dark of the Moon who transforms into a 2016 Ford Mustang police car featuring a new robot mode.
- Onslaught, a Decepticon who transforms into a green Western Star 4900SF tow truck.
- A rusty Volkswagen Type 2.
Transformers: The Last Knight opens in U.S. theaters on June 23, 2017, followed by the Bumblebee spinoff on June 8, 2018, and Transformers 6 on June 28, 2019.
|Many millions of years ago, on the planet Cybertron, there existed life. But not life as we know it today. Intelligent robots that could think and feel inhabited the cities.|
|—A voice from beyond, “More Than Meets the Eye, Part 1”|
|“||Let this mark the end of the Cybertronian wars, as we march forward to a new age of peace and happiness. ‘Til all are one!||”|
|— Rodimus Prime’s ending speech, The Transformers: The Movie|
Nemesis Prime was a Cybertronian leader (most likely an alternate form of Optimus Prime) from another dimension conquered by Unicron. In that reality Prime was defeated by the Herald of Unicron known as Megazarak. Captured, it had its spark tortured and experimented on by the Chaos Bringer. Unicron kept the Prime locked in a state of unbeing, its spark separated from body, yet prevented from joining the All-Spark. He was tortured for an eternity until pain became indistinguishable from pleasure and the former Autobot longed for only this sensation. Broken, he was reformatted into Nemesis Prime and granted Unicron’s Dead Matrix, the former Primes’ Matrix which during the centuries of torture had rotted and been perverted into a weapon capable of annihilating Primus, just as the Autobot Matrix possesses the power to destroy Unicron.It is the commander and most evil member of the Decepticons gathered by Unicron. It also serves as one of the greatest threats to the universe next to Unicron, possessing the wisdom of an Autobot leader yet devoid of all compassion. Of note is that Nemesis Prime is listed in Biography material as a “Champion” of Unicron rather than a Herald. This is believed to denote that the character voluntarily carries out its role rather than having to be constantly coerced or forced into action as Galvatron often was. Additionally, it could be indicative that Nemesis Prime is the most powerful of Unicron’s servants.