Paramount Pictures released their latest trailer for Transformers: Rise of the Beasts and it unveils one of the Transformers greatest foes in Unicron and he is coming to Earth to put the fate of all living things at risk.

Optimus Primal poster for Transformers: Rise of the Beasts

Not only does the trailer reveal that Unicron will be the main villain that the Transformers and Maximals will face off against, but it also confirms the film is set in 1994, meaning it follows the events of Bumblebee and is set before the original Transformers film starring Shia LaBeouf.

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As far as the timeline, the film’s producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura recently discussed it in a lengthy interview with Collider about the upcoming film.

He explained the film takes place following the events of Bumblebee, “But what’s interesting is, and you will appreciate this as a fan, at the end of Bumblebee, Optimus comes to Earth. What he’s experienced is failure, probably for the first time in his life, right? He’s had to retreat, he’s leaving the planet Cybertron.”

“What’s happened to him from that experience? When we meet him in 2007, he’s a particular person, if you would,” he continued. “In 1994, he’s not the same person. He still has growth to do between ‘94 and 2007. ”

Optimus Prime poster for Transformers: Rise of the Beasts

In fact di Bonaventure went on to reveal that the Optimus Prime in Transformers: Rise of the Beasts is different than how he has been depicted in previous films, “So the character arc for Optimus in this, and the fun for the audience is, when you first meet Optimus – and we’ve had this experience because we’ve watched it with audiences and we’ve heard them talk about it – they’re like, “It’s definitely Optimus, but there’s something a little different…” At first, they’re like, “Wait, what, who… what Optimus is this?””

However, he does note he is supposed to become the character everyone recognizes by the end, “And by the end of the movie, Optimus has become the guy that you’ve recognized from the Bay movies. Emotional.”

Cheetor poster for Transformers: Rise of the Beasts

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The official description for Transformers: Rise of the Beasts reads, “Transformers: Rise of the Beasts will take audiences on a ‘90s globetrotting adventure with the Autobots and introduce a whole new faction of Transformers – the Maximals – to join them as allies in the existing battle for earth.”

The film arrives in theaters on June 9, 2023.

Bumblebee poster for Transformers: Rise of the Beasts

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