The time-travelling storyline remains veiled in secrecy, though we do know that the fifth Transformers instalment will see Laura Haddock (Da Vinci's Demons), Jean Dujardin (The Artist), Anthony Hopkins (Hitchcock) and Liam Garrigan (Once Upon A Time) join Wahlberg's Cade Yeager and franchise mainstays Josh Duhamel and Tyrese Gibson. Expect the usual Bayhem, who is saying once again that he is handing the reins off after this one, looking to finish his time at the Transformers helm with a bang. "I've been living in this franchise for over 10 years now. For Transformers: The Last Knight, we put together a writers' room designed to greatly expand our mythology, integrating our films in a whole new way. Every movie will interlink," he writes of the movie and the franchise's future.
"Through the summer of 2015, they worked in a huge space on the Paramount lot, surrounded by over 10,000 concept images from the franchise's history: the movies, cartoons, and comic books. They had a life-size Bumblebee, a Megatron head, and many other props staring them down. We pulled from everything. It was a fan's dream room. We brought in Transformers historians from Hasbro to educate them on where Transformers has been – so that they could figure out where it can go.
"I can safely say that there's never been a Transformers film with the huge visual scope and expansive mythology as this movie, The Last Knight. It's bittersweet for me. With every Transformers film, I've said it would be my last. I see the 120 million fans around the world who see these movies, the huge theme park lines to the ride and the amazing Make-A-Wish kids who visit my sets, and it somehow keeps drawing me back. I love doing these movies. This film was especially fun to shoot. But, this time might really be it. So I’m blowing this one out."
With a script by Matt Holloway, Art Marcum (Iron Man), and Ken Nolan (Black Hawk Down), Transformers: The Last Knight will explode into cinemas on 23 June.