TRANSFORMERS ONE Producer on Replacing Peter Cullen with Chris Hemsworth for Optimus Prime

TRANSFORMERS ONE Producer on Replacing Peter Cullen with Chris Hemsworth for Optimus Prime

Transformers One It doesn’t look like it’s going to be a good Transformers movie, but there’s a lot of positive buzz around it after its screening at the Annecy Animation Film Festival. To me, the movie doesn’t feel like Transformers as the trailer shows a more silly and childish tone.

One of the other things some fans have issues with is the replacement of Optimus Prime’s longtime voice actor Peter Cullen with Chris Hemsworth. Producer Lorenzo Di Bonaventura recently addressed the decision and explained why the change was necessary.

Speaking to Variety at the Annecy Animation Film Festival, he spoke about the change, saying: “It was really important because, from a fan perspective, the original voice of Optimus Prime, Peter Cullen, is revered. Having someone else’s voice Optimus Prime was like, ‘Whoa, we better do this right.'”

He continued, “We couldn’t use Peter because the audience needs to feel the youth of the character. That’s why we went after Chris. I was surprised too, but not how funny Chris was.

“I’ve seen him in things where he was funny. But it has a very strong sense of history. This is not true of all movie stars.”

Director Josh Cooley he went on to talk about the rest of the cast, saying, “Yes, we have an incredible cast. I can’t believe how amazing it was. Everyone was amazing.

“I would walk them through the scene and they would suggest a lot of things. Keegan[-Michael Key]obviously, cracked like crazy about things.”

Speaking specifically about Hemworth he said: “But Chris Hemsworth is also extremely funny. I wasn’t prepared for how funny he is. A lot of his lines in this movie are riffs on what we had written, but he just brought his charisma.” and the comedy of him understood it perfectly.”

The thing is… Optimus Prime is no fun. This movie completely changes the personalities of these characters and they don’t really represent who the characters are. This is my biggest problem with what I saw from the film.

Yes, the movie is called Transformers, but these aren’t the characters we’ve come to know and love over the years. This is something different and I don’t like the direction they are going or the tone.

This film tells the “origin story of how the most iconic characters in the Transformers universe, Orion Pax and D-16, went from brothers in arms to becoming sworn enemies, Optimus Prime and Megatron.”

The film stars Hemsworth as Orion Pax/Optimus Prime, Brian Tyree Henry like D-16/Megatron, Scarlett Johansson like Elita-1 e Keegan-Michael Key as B-127 / Bumblebee.

The producer also previously said, “This is… the origin story of young Megatron and young Optimus. If you know the origin, they started out as friends, and over time things went their way and they ended up on two sides.

“So we’re telling the story of young Optimus and young Megatron. We’re really telling the origin story of all the Transformers, both who they were in the beginning, how they grow up, and how they grow apart.”

This will be the first of what Di Bonaventura calls a “natural trilogy” and will explore “Cybertron in a way that you’ve never seen it, that nobody’s ever seen before.”

Transformers One arrives in theaters on September 20th.

by Joey Paur
Source: Geek Tyrant

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