TRANSFORMERS: Steven Caple Jr.'s Movie Casts HAMILTON And IN THE HEIGHTS Star Anthony Ramos In Lead Role

TRANSFORMERS: Steven Caple Jr.'s Movie Casts HAMILTON And IN THE HEIGHTS Star Anthony Ramos In Lead Role

Steven Caple Jr.'s Transformers movie just made a big casting addition, with Anthony Ramos (Hamilton) boarding the project in a major lead role. Find out everything we know so far on this one right here!

By JoshWilding - Apr 01, 2021 12:04 PM EST
Filed Under: Transformers
Source: The Hollywood Reporter

We recently learned that a new Transformers movie is on the way from writer Marco Ramirez (The Defenders) and director Angel Manuel Soto (Charm City Kings). That's not the only one we're getting, though, because Creed II director Steven Caple Jr. and John Wick: Chapter 2 writer Joby Harold have their own robots in disguise adventure in the works.

That project has taken a big step forward today with the news (via The Hollywood Reporter) that In the Heights and Hamilton star Anthony Ramos is set to join the movie. 

We don't have any plot details to share on this one, but testing is said to be underway for a female lead.

Ramos' star is on the rise. His breakout role came on stage in Hamilton (which received an overwhelmingly positive response when it hit Disney+), and his film and TV credits include She's Gotta Have It and Godzilla: King of the Monsters. There's also a huge amount of excitement surrounding In The Heights.

In moving on from Michael Bay's vision for Transformers, it seems Paramount Pictures is looking to take the franchise in a fresh direction. That hopefully means exploring different settings and time periods, as Bumblebee definitely benefitted from taking that Autobot to an unfamiliar setting. 

We'll hopefully have more to share on this one soon, but it's definitely refreshing to see Paramount turn to some diverse voices in order to tell more of these Transformers stories.

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GhostDog - 4/1/2021, 1:02 PM
Liked him a lot in Shes Gotta Have It
NEWGUY2017 - 4/1/2021, 1:03 PM
I like this, this dude is a talented actor. Hopefully this movie is better than what Michael Bay created.
KingLeonidas - 4/1/2021, 1:06 PM
He is going to be a megastar. Deservedly so. Definite leading man material and Hamilton has already shown us that he is a GREAT actor.
inkniron - 4/1/2021, 1:07 PM
Two different films? Can one of them be a Transformers/GI JOE crossover? We need a good Hasbroverse
ThorArms - 4/1/2021, 1:13 PM
An actual good actor for a Transformers film?!

Okay Hailee killed it too
JFerguson - 4/1/2021, 1:15 PM

WakandanQueen - 4/1/2021, 1:41 PM
Give him a mcu role already
Vanillain - 4/1/2021, 1:43 PM
@WakandanQueen -
bkmeijer2 - 4/1/2021, 2:31 PM
Hamilton was great and wish to see more of it's cast enter more movie and tv projects, so gotta say I like this news.

Speaking of Hamilton stars, I finished Snowpiercer. Like how it had an epilogue, because I really don't like open endings in tv shows. And Daveed Diggs was still great.
kazuma - 4/1/2021, 2:42 PM
1. What happened to the Transformers ONLY on Cybertron CGI only movie they announced?

2. Stop making Bumble Bee the main Bot if he doesn't [frick]ing speak. Micheal Bay thought it was cute but it's not. Bumble Bee [frick]ing speaks.
eagc1995 - 4/1/2021, 4:41 PM
@kazuma - The Cybertron film is still in development, but that one is still years away
RingSlinger700 - 4/1/2021, 6:33 PM
Love Anthony Ramos, he needs to be in more stuff in general.

In regards to this film, I was kind of hoping for a direct Bumblebee sequel, that film really could help kick off a better cinematic universe. I'm willing to see what this film is about though as long as it's not related to Bay's films and treats the lore with respect.

Honestly Paramount should follow a model similar to the one laid out in the video below: take a page from the MCU by focusing on a few solo films that eventually lead up to a event movie involving all of those previous characters. Similar to the Avengers films, those and similar event films can be the ones labeled "Transformers".

Here's part of my pitch for a direct sequel:

Optimus leaves Bumblebee to defend Earth while he's out looking for other lost Autobots, while a group of fellow Autobots are on their way to Earth. Remember how we saw 7 pods on their way to Earth at the end of Bumblebee? 3 of those pods would be for Autobots, while the other 4 are Decepticons.

Bumblebee spots these 4 pods streaking across the sky and races through oncoming traffic to catch up to them, grabbing the attention of Charlie and Memo (who are driving along the same way) and follow him to a nearby valley. Although expecting to meet the Autobots, Bumblebee is instead greeted by the Decepticons. They are: Starscream, Thundercracker, Skywarp, and Lugnut. Bee fights them valiantly but is eventually overpowered despite Charlie's interference. Thankfully the actual Autobots--Ratchet, Arcee, and a black-and-white Autobot commander named J-523--step in and hold off Starscream and co., forcing them to retreat. Charlie leads the Autobots and a weakened Bumblebee to her uncle's garage, where Ratchet repairs Bee, including FIXING HIS GODDAMNED VOICE (Dylan O'Brien is back as the voice). Bee thanks them and reunites with Charlie and Memo, and the three of them decide to help Ratchet, Arcee, and J-523 get acclimated to Earth while also going up against the Decepticons. Not sure what that would entail specifically, but J-523 is fond of Earth culture and music in particular, and decides to change his name to his more recognizable one, Jazz.

Meanwhile, Sector 7 has recovered the parts of the Decepticons killed in the last film-- Blitzwing, Shatter, and Dropkick--with the help of an arrogant scientist named Dr. Arkeville (a character from the G1 cartoon). Starscream and co. find Arkeville and decide to partner up, with Arkeville using the pieces of all 3 fallen Decepticons to build a new Blitzwing that combines the three personalities of the original Blitzwing with Shatter and Dropkick (similar to Blitzwing from Animated) that is much more violent and unstable, providing a new kind of threat towards Bee and the others. Bee's arc in this one is initially being at odds with his leader position, constantly comparing himself to Optimus when he fails to make the right decision, though he'd steadily become more confident as a leader throughout the film.
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