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As Michael Bay's Transformers franchise gears up for a fifth installment in the CGI-driven extravaganza. One key plot point has been made public ahead of Transformers: The Last Knight. Premiering in the United States on June 23, 2017, the $260m production from Paramount Pictures has pulled out all the stops to include a crossover with the mythology of King Arthur. All to be a mixture of the old meeting the new.
The majority of fans and pundits believed that the identity of said knight had to be the hero of the piece via Optimus Prime. Especially with a number of pictures seeing the machine holding a sword. But this is not the case. Adam Holmes from Cinemablend outlines that it is none other than Mark Wahlberg's Cade Yeager character who holds the key. Therefore shifting the balance to a human protagonist.
Cade The Bridge That Binds The Machines To The People
Holmes reports on the scoop and while it does not fill in all the gaps, it does offer some context for what is about to take place. With the shorts showcasing some moments from the Medieval times as well as scenes from what appears to be World War II, Wahlberg's persona will be the key piece of the puzzle.
"Our own Eric Eisenberg was at the Transformers: The Last Knight presentation at CinemaCon when 20-25 minutes of footage was screened, during which the identity of the Last Knight was revealed to be Cade Yeager, who made his first Transformers appearance in 2014's Transformers: Age of Extinction. Among the scenes shown was Cade finding a strange-looking medallion from a dying Transformer. As it turns out, this medallion is a seal left behind by King Arthur, and Cade has been 'chosen' to wield its power and foster peace between humanity and the Transformers."
El Chapo To Go Loco With Bay Direction
It might only be in the interim discussion phase at the moment, but Variety reports that filmmaker Michael Bay is close to securing the director's chair for a big screen adaptation of Hunting El Chapo: The Thrilling Inside Story of the American Lawman Who Captures the World’s Most-Wanted Drug Lord. The hunt for the Mexican drug cartel leader is akin to a modern day Pablo Escobar story and Bay will look to put his stamp on proceedings for a motion picture version.
This hinges on Sony's ability to close a deal for the intellectual property rights. But, given their track record, that should not prove to be a challenge. Matt Milam is said to be overseeing production and although the Armageddon director will be favorite to helm the title, he could be reduced to a producing role if the studio looks elsewhere.