“Transformers One” centers on Orion Pax and D-16, the robots who will one day become Optimus Prime and Megatron. The friends toil away as disposable workers beneath Cybertron’s surface until they decide to leave their life underground and learn the secret of transformation. Along the way, they befriend B-127 (Bumblebee, before he had his name and voice box ripped out) and Elita-One (Optimus Prime’s girlfriend-to-be; introduced as a one-off character in the original cartoon, Elita and other female Autobots like Arcee have grown important ever since Hasbro realized girls like “Transformers” too).

From what’s been revealed, Cybertron is a repressive society and our heroes are at the bottom of the hierarchy. The “Transformers” comics from IDW Publishing had Cybertron governed by “Functionism” (a caste system where each Transformer had an assigned role depending on what vehicle they transformed into). Since Orion and D-16 acquiring transformation looks to be a major story beat in “Transformers One,” I imagined the inequality will have different roots. There’s also the question of which of the two Transformers origin stories the movie will use. Were the Transformers created by the godlike Primus in his image, or by the wicked alien Quintessons to be enslaved? Mind you, there appears to be a Quintesson in the film’s trailer at one point, so that matter may have already been settled.

The movie will be using celebrity voice actors: Chris Hemsworth as Orion (to be fair, Peter Cullen’s heroic voice wouldn’t fit a green rookie), Brian Tyree Henry as D-16, Keegan-Michael Key as B-127, Scarlett Johansson as Elita, Laurence Fishburne as Orion’s mentor Alpha Trion, and Jon Hamm as Sentinel Prime (leader of the Autobots before Optimus — you may remember him as the villain in the third movie, “Dark of the Moon”). Will we see any other classic “Transformers” characters in this movie, including Autobots like Ratchet, Jazz, or Prowl? Stay tuned.



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