Right now at CinemaCon, Paramount introduced Transformers: One, a brand new, animated prequel that can characteristic a star-studded lineup of voice expertise enjoying youthful iterations of the characters, from the times earlier than Optimus Prime and Megatron have been the leaders of the Autobots and Decepticons. With a title that is a riff on the Autobot mantra “Until all are one,” Transformers: One will star Chris Hemsworth as a younger Optimus Prime, Brian Tyree Henry as Megatron, Scarlett Johansson as Elita, Keegan-Michael Key as Bumblebee, Jon Hamm as Sentinel Prime, and Laurence Fishburne as Alpha Trion.

Toy Story‘s Josh Cooley is directing the movie, from a screenplay by Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari. It’s not clear whether or not this animated prequel is supposed to tie into the occasions of the present wave of live-action motion pictures, which incorporates this 12 months’s Transformers: Rise of the Beasts. It is unlikely it would have direct ties, although. Even on this period of shared universes, there have been quite a few animated tasks launched since Transformers hit theaters in 2007, and none of them have “counted” within the live-action realm.

“I am so excited and proud to be working with Hasbro and eOne to carry the primary animated Transformers film to theaters for a never-before-told story,” stated Ramsey Naito, president of Paramount Animation and Nickelodeon Animation (through Selection). “I am honored to have such unbelievable abilities come collectively to painting these well-known and much-loved characters in an origin story on the coronary heart of the franchise.”

This isn’t the primary theatrical launch for an animated Transformers film; that honor would go to 1986’s Transformers: The Film, which starred Orson Welles within the function of Unicron, Judd Nelson as Scorching Rod, and Leonard Nimoy as Galvatron.

This is likely one of the uncommon cases when somebody apart from Peter Cullen will voice Optimus Prime, presumably one thing the studio did not battle an excessive amount of with, since that is a completely new franchise and their Optimus might be very younger. Cullen, now 81 years previous, has been voicing Prime since 1984, when the unique animated sequence launched. Cullen did play a youthful model of Prime in 2007’s animated Transformers: Beginnings.

Steven Spielberg serves as producer on the sequence, together with with Brian Goldner, Brian Oliver, Bradley J. Fischer and Valerii An. Producers embody Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Tom DeSanto, Don Murphy, Michael Bay, Mark Vahradian and Aaron Dem.

Transformers: One is anticipated to be in theaters on July 19, 2024.