TRANSFORMERS ONE: First Trailer Officially Launches This Thursday...In Outer Space!

TRANSFORMERS ONE: First Trailer Officially Launches This Thursday...In Outer Space! TRANSFORMERS ONE: First Trailer Officially Launches This Thursday...In Outer Space!

It's been confirmed today that the first trailer for Transformers One will be released later this week, but Paramount Pictures will do the unthinkable by launching it in outer space! Check it out...

By JoshWilding - Apr 16, 2024 09:04 PM EST
Filed Under: Transformers

Paramount Pictures has announced (via that the first trailer for Transformers One will debut like no movie trailer ever has before: in outer space. 

This long-awaited origin story of how the most iconic characters in the Transformers universe, Orion Pax and D-16, went from brothers-in-arms to sworn enemies, Optimus Prime and Megatron, will debut its trailer on Thursday, April 18. The launch begins at 6am PT with a live-streamed countdown showing the journey into space.

One hour later, the craft will reach its peak at 125,000 feet above the Earth, revealing the trailer with a custom introduction video from Transformers One's stars: Chris Hemsworth and Brian Tyree Henry.

The event will be streamed from the Transformers social accounts, the Paramount Pictures YouTube channel, and co-streamed by Chris Hemsworth on Instagram. Needless to say, it's a clever way to hype up the animated prequel. 

There's a lot of excitement surrounding the movie, but the studio's decision to replace longtime Transformers voiceover actors with on-camera actors has caused a certain level of uneasiness among fans. 

However, producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura has had nothing but good things to say about Hemsworth's approach to playing Optimus Prime, confirming there will be a logical connection between his performance and Peter Cullen's.

"When we first listen to Chris Hemsworth's voice, you're like, 'God, is he gonna be a good Optimus!'" the producer exclaimed. "Obviously, he starts as Orion Pax and you don't become Optimus for a while, so he's not playing, for most of the movie, what we think of as Optimus, Peter Cullen."

"So it's that transition, and Chris's voice has a timbre’s logical that Peter Cullen would take over that voice, if you would, which is really great, the fans are gonna really feel great."

Toy Story 4's Josh Cooley is directing the film from a screenplay by Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari. Legendary filmmaker Steven Spielberg is executive producing Transformers One alongside Brian Goldner, Brian Oliver, Bradley J. Fischer, and Valerii An. 

Keegan-Michael Key plasy B-127. Steve Buscemi, Laurence Fishburne, and Jon Hamm round out the impressive cast. 

Transformers One is set to be released in theaters on September 13, 2024. You can watch Hemsworth and Henry's announcement below:

TRANSFORMERS ONE: New Character Posters Offer A Closer Look At The Movie's Cartoonish Lead Robots

TRANSFORMERS ONE: New Character Posters Offer A Closer Look At The Movie's Cartoonish Lead Robots

TRANSFORMERS ONE: Chris Hemsworth And Scarlett Johansson Assemble The Autobots In First Trailer
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TheVisionary25 - 4/16/2024, 9:10 PM
Cool , intrigued to see how it looks…

Have my concerns given what I had heard out of CinemaCon but still going in cautiously optimistic so hope the trailer turns out well.

Hell of a cast though!!.

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bkmeijer1 - 4/17/2024, 3:24 AM
@TheVisionary25 - on the one hand I really like the cast, but on the other I would've preferred actual voice actors in the roles too. Enough great VAs out there
TheVisionary25 - 4/17/2024, 3:50 AM
@bkmeijer1 - I agree but you gotta sell the movie too
bkmeijer1 - 4/17/2024, 7:49 AM
@TheVisionary25 - true. And it's kinda the case what they're doing with major animated movies these days. Pretty much all Illumination movies rely on it, as does Sony
NinnesMBC - 4/16/2024, 9:19 PM
I like how they're doing their marketing for this, turning into an event.
TiberiousOmega - 4/16/2024, 9:28 PM
I just hope the animation is good! That’s what will make or break it for me.
Malatrova15 - 4/16/2024, 9:35 PM
Launch it in my mou
bobevanz - 4/16/2024, 9:41 PM
I hate this cast, it's all wrong but I'll still be there
vectorsigma - 4/16/2024, 9:45 PM
What if Paramount surprises us with Bumblebee movie levels of CGI? 🤞
StSteven - 4/16/2024, 10:51 PM
@vectorsigma @TiberiousOmega - According to reports from the trailer shown at CinemaCon, the animation is supposed to be amazing. Don't expect it to look like the CGI intro in "Bumblebee" (a realistic take on the G1 aesthetic). Hasbro is still milking that design style via toys based on seen characters and unreleased concept art made for that intro sequence via their "Studio Series" line of figures (i.e. a concept art Rumble, Megatron, and Sunstreaker (my Sunstreaker figure should be here in a couple of days)), so they're understandably going with a different aesthetic for this movie.

Reports indicate that the animation, particularly the robot designs are going to look like a mixture of G1, "Transformers Animated", and live action. And apparently Cybertron itself is supposed to be breathtaking. Like a living planet with all the vibrant colors and details that Cybertron would have had during its Golden Age. I'll stop there to avoid spoilers, but I'm sure you knew all this already vectorsigma given your handle, right? This was just a test, right? BTW, if you're looking for your key I think that Alpha Trion left it over there on the table. Best grab it before Megatron does otherwise it's going to be nothing but (to paraphrase Blurr) "Stunticons! Stunticons! Stunticons!" 😉
vectorsigma - 4/17/2024, 12:01 AM
@StSteven - thanks for these info.

Id admit that although i did read a lot on TF lore a long time ago, i have forgotten a lot of it so this film is something ill look forward to.
StSteven - 4/17/2024, 12:20 AM
@vectorsigma - Well I'm a pretty hardcore fan (Deception symbol tattoo on my shoulder, a spare bedroom full of TFs, etc.), so I'm a big nerd on all things TF. That said, from what I've heard of the plot synopsis/premise so far, it sounds like they're doing kind of a mish-mash of the previous TF lores (there have, admittedly, been A LOT of different variations) to create something that is kinda new and unique to the live action universe (I don't want to spoil anything but it rhymes with "Rintessons"). So we'll see how it all turns out. But if it's any indication so far, according to what I've read recently, "TF:1" test screenings have tested higher than any other animated movie that Paramount has ever put out, so there's that. Fingers crossed.

Now if only they can get Stan Bush and Vince DiCola to do the same kind of banging soundtrack as they did for the '86 "TF:TM"... 😉
vectorsigma - 4/17/2024, 12:40 AM
@StSteven - that sounds interesting it is indeed a good sign for TF fans to get a good initial reaction.

Ive been waiting for something like this in series form, the last series i enjoyed was TF Prime. But if this movie treatment works, the future is good for TF. Been waiting for somethung like this, a focus on cybertron and no humans involved.
StSteven - 4/17/2024, 12:58 AM
@vectorsigma - Yeah, TF Prime was pretty good (although the Beast Hunters thing was so-so for me - I don't remember if they actually did that in the show or if it was just the toys). I actually really liked "TF: Animated" quite a bit, even though it could be a bit kid-ish at ties. Maybe just the way that it pulled from all kinds of TF lore like G1, G1 (Japan), BW, etc.

If you want to check out some EXTREMELY high quality recent TF media then I highly recommend the IDW TF comics run (the license is now with Image/Skybound). Their first "-tion" series was a pretty good starter, "All Hail Megatron" is great (yes, it is what you think it is), but it's after that where it splits into 2 titles ("Robots in Disguise" and "More than Meets the Eye") where it REALLY starts getting amazing, along with the subsequent 2 titles that those change into. They manage to write the TFs in a way that make them seem like real actual people and I'm not kidding that there are some stories that will actually make you tear up, and I never thought I'd say that about a TF story.

Anyhow, like I said I'm basically an entire set of TF encyclopedias so if you ever have any questions and/or want recommendations on stuff to check out, feel free to hit me up. There's a lot of great stuff out there for fans and hopefully more to come 😊.
vectorsigma - 4/17/2024, 2:13 AM
@StSteven - thanks man. Will do.

Are the netflix TF shows any good? Just heard of them way back. And how would you compare that to other media out there?
DarthOmega - 4/17/2024, 2:24 AM
@StSteven - Do you have this in that spare bedroom?

I would have lost my shit if I saw this as a kid back in the day
StSteven - 4/17/2024, 7:15 PM
@vectorsigma - Yeah, the Netflix shows were good. The best thing about them was the associated toys and the animation. The cons were that due to budgetary constraints (I'm assuming) there weren't a whole lot of characters, especially for the parts that take place on Cybertron. Once they leave Cybertron it makes more sense but Cybertron itself seemed pretty empty. But considering the state that the planet is in at the time I suppose that can be excused. I think that for me the thing that bothered me the most was the pacing. Like it feels like they were trying to take 8 or 9 minutes of footage and stretch it out into 11 minutes per episode (it I remember the episode length correctly) due to the kind of quasi-unnatural delays in the dialogue ad action. But maybe that's just my take.

As far as other TF media out there, aside from the comics I mentioned above, the TF (and GI Joe) licenses are now at Image under Robert Kirkman's Skybound label and were just launched about 8 months ago and are part of their new "Energon Universe". I haven't read them yet (I have the Vol. 1 graphic novel on order) but they're getting really good reviews from the fans, although the art that I've seen so far still falls short of what was in the IDW series I identified. Hasbro opted to not release a new animated series for their current "adult collector" line which is unfortunate but understandable given the expansive nature of the line. Basically they decided to do a multiversal thing (because all the cool kids are doing it it seems) so they are doing updated versions of characters from every of their lines since G1, meaning G1, G2, BW, BM, the AEC trilogy, TF:Aimated, TF:Prime, etc. Even GoBots, Rock Lords, and Rescue Bots. So trying to have something of a cohesive story on a reasonable budget for all that mess was probably pretty prohibitive.

The only other current media that they have (aside from a new FPS game coming out called "Reactivate") is the cartoon for their "Earthspark" line which is on Paramount+/Nickelodeon/YouTube. I've watched a few episodes and it's pretty good so far but I haven't had time to watch much. It's based on the toy like for the younger fans but not as young as Rescue Bots. The animation and action are pretty good and the story has an interesting premise which is that the War is over and many of the TFs (like OP and Megs) are now on the same side but there 'Cons who don't want to go along with this are are causing trouble. Add to that that there are a new generation of TF being "born" on Earth and are essentially like kids as well (hence the "Earthspark" title).

Anyhow, that's all that comes to mind right now (probably WAY more than you asked for). Feel free to hit me up if you have any other questions. Always glad to talk TFs 😊.
StSteven - 4/17/2024, 7:40 PM
@DarthOmega @vectorsigma - Oh ho ho hells yeah I have that (the original version and not the subsequent smaller and less expensive version). I also have the accompanying auto-transforming trailer. But the real crown jewel in my collection is this bad boy:

BTW, the next character that Robosen is releasing is Megatron. They just teased him but haven't officially revealed him yet. Looks like that's what I'm going to be asking my wife for for Christmas this year 😉.

Too bad I can't just post pics of my TF room here as I think you guys would lose your shit. I started collecting them back in the 80s when the first came out (I still remember my very first one was Thundercracker) and ended up with hundreds of them before I became too cool for toys in high school. Unfortunately I have a brother who is 6 years younger then me and who would rip the arms and legs off of them whenever he was able to get his hands on them, so I had to come up with increasingly novel ways to hide them from him. Most of that collection is still sitting in bins in my parents' basement 1000 miles away, so whenever I visit I bring some more back with me.

Otherwise I really got back into collecting for real when I started grad school and discovered that I could take out student loans while being funded by the university as a PhD student (I ended up graduating with 6 figures in loans so that perhaps wasn't the best idea). so I've been collecting again since 2006 and like I said I a whole room full of them arranged according to the movies, lines, etc. Naturally they're still all MISB. I told my wife that when I die I want her to bury them with me. I don't care how many grave plots she's going to have to buy. Every. Damn. One. 😉
vectorsigma - 4/18/2024, 12:02 PM
@StSteven - wow man, just saw the trailer and your description was on point! The animation looks great!

The light approach with the humor is good, i just hope it will be balanced when megatron goes to the dark side.
StSteven - 4/18/2024, 3:11 PM
@vectorsigma - Yeah I just watched it (stupid job made me forget that it was coming out today - stupid job!) and WOW! is right. The animation looks amazing and is actually a little closer to the opening of "Bumblebee" than I thought it was going to be, which is definitely a good thing. Hasbro is also revealing all the toys some time today (there will be a line targeted toward the adult collectors and a line for the kids like they did with "RotB").

As far as the humor, I thought it was pretty good as well and seems in line with "TMNT:MM" and "Mario" (which makes sense as that's the main audience that this movie is geared toward), but I have a feeling (hope) that a lot of this is for the trailer and will be balanced out with the darker, more serious tone when the plot calls for it. I read a bit a while ago that DiBonaventura (producer) wants to make this into a trilogy and if the actual movie ends up being as good as this trailer looks then I'm all for a trilogy.

BTW, in case you missed it here's the live stream of the satellite that Paramount launched into Earth's orbit just to debut the trailer in actual space. It's pretty cool watching it leave the earth an go all the way into orbit and then play the trailer:

Enjoy! 😊
FusionWarrior - 4/16/2024, 10:17 PM
solskulldeath - 4/16/2024, 10:28 PM
I thought Liam Neeson could be a perfect vo for Optimus prime than Chris Hemsworth.
Deklipz - 4/17/2024, 12:31 AM
@solskulldeath - I’d be down with that. I think they’re going for a more inexperienced Orion Pax though. Needing would make a solid older seasoned Optimus.
solskulldeath - 4/17/2024, 3:52 AM
@Deklipz - yeah since Liam neeson's voice tone just almost same as peter cullen
Deklipz - 4/17/2024, 10:26 AM
@solskulldeath - Hadn’t realized it before, but you’re correct. Listening to them back to back it’s easy to see how Neeson could take over as Prime

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