I was on the fence about trying to watch Transformers: Dark of the Moon without casting a critical eye like I did after watching Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. That is, until I read this:
Here is some news that should make Transformers: Dark of the Moon live long and prosper in the hearts of sci-fi fans.
Mr. Spock himself, Leonard Nimoy, has joined the film as the voice of Sentinel Prime, the predecessor of Optimus Prime whose wrecked body is seen in the teaser trailer, found crash-landed on the moon by the Apollo 11 astronauts in 1969. Later, after being brought to earth, he takes the disguise form of a fire engine in the movie’s massive, climactic battle through Chicago.
Apart from his obvious Star Trek cred, Nimoy also has a history with Hasbro’s shape-shifting alien robots: He was the voice of Galvatron in 1986′s The Transformers: The Movie.
Transformers filmmaker Michael Bay had toyed with the idea of inviting him to play a voice in the second movie, Revenge of the Fallen, but wasn’t sure he could pay the veteran actor enough. “I was too scared to ask him,” the director says. “Plus, he’s married to Susan Bay, who’s a cousin of mine. So I had to be careful. I’ve met him at family functions. But he told me, ‘I would be honored. I’m glad to be back!’”
Bay has been open about changing course with this third Transformers movie and making a stronger story than the critically pulverized last one. He says part of that is giving the metallic characters a bit more soul, even if they’re villains. “The robots have more character in this movie. Much more. You really understand their struggle, on both sides actually,” Bay says.
The 3-D Transformers: Dark of the Moon opens July 1.
This is brilliant news…simply brilliant! I’m a Trekkie fan, so I always get a kick out of seeing Leonard Nimoy in any way I can. It’s also good to see Nimoy return to the franchise as he was the voice of Galvatron in The Transformers: The Movie. I’m really looking forward to seeing how he voices Sentinel Prime.