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The first set pictures came from AICN, showing a crater next to an office building. Then on July 10th we had our first real look at some Transformers 3 action — Prime with trailer, Bumblebee, the Ferrari, Ironhide, Ratchet and weaponized Nascar vehicles.
Optimus Prime and Trailer
Weaponized Nascars, and the Autobots
Chicago Day 1 set videos
A playlist of 13 videos from the first day of shooting. Including an overhead angle from zztopeurope depicting a chase scene involving the Nascar vehicles, a Mercedes Benz and the Chevy Volt.
More on set images
Spotted by the Corvette Blogger near to a Transformers 3 set, the Stingray concept car has now gone topless. Whether Sideswipe will play much of a role in the new movie remains to be seen.
A video was also captured of the Stingray, Bumblebee’s Camaro and the new Ferrari autobot driving away from the scene:
The reasons for Megan Fox being shunned from the third movie are unknown, but it probably revolves around a falling out with Michael Bay. For a while her replacement was rumored, before Nelson confirmed Rosie Huntington’s casting on the official MB site, and much more recently, he character name — not Mikaela, instead, “Carly”, known to fans as Spike Witwicky’s wife in Generation One Transformers.
I would like for all you S4TE fans to welcome Rosie Huntington Whitely to the world of Transformers. As some of you might know, she’s the new female lead in Transformers 3. She’s worked with Michael before in his Victoria’s Secret “A Thousand Fantasies” ad.
Huntington was first spotted on set with Shia at the end of June, first reported by Just Jared. A video is also available on MSN.
Then, on set again, Rosie was seen with Michael Bay and Shia in LA, this time by Coming Soon.
I’ve started blogging this movie a little late in, sorry for that. I’ve been a tad busy getting married and so on. Where shall we begin? Principle photography for the third Transformers movie started at the end of May, with a rumored budget of $200m. The Transformers 3 release date is currently set to July 1st, 2011, likely to be in 3D — but that cardboard cut-out converted 3D rather than an Avatar immersive 3D. A change from the previous two movies, Orci and Kurtzman step out, and Ehren Kruger takes centre stage as writer of the third part in the soon to be trilogy. As a trilogy, according to Bay, this will be the final part, “it really ends”.
Shooting in Washington DC, Chicago, Detroit and Moscow. Possibly also in Africa, China and Texas.
In interviews, the film makers have promised to include more character development and solid storytelling, parts of TF2 severely lacked in these departments. Rather than all out robot carnage, Michael Bay says this movie is shaping up to have a bit of mystery; rumors suggest that it’ll revolve around a Transformers link hidden in the USA/USSR space race, involving Soundwave. Meanwhile, Sam is growing up and moving on.
The big story, Megan Fox is out, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is in — but not as Mikaela, her character is called Carly. Newcomers also include Frances McDormand, John Malkovich and Alan Tudyk.
Shia LaBeouf — Sam Witwicky
Josh Duhamel — Captain Lennox
Tyrese Gibson — Master Sergeant Epps
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley — Carly
John Turturro — Agent Simmons
John Malkovich — Sam’s boss
Frances McDormand — National Intelligence Director
Patrick Dempsey — Carly’s boss
Transformers line up
Bumblebee –2011 Chevy Camaro
Ratchet — 2009 Hummer H3
Ironhide — 2007 GMC Topkick C4500
Skids — 2011 Chevy Sparks
Mudflap — 2011 Chevy Sparks
Sideswipe — 2012 Chevy Corvette Centennial
Starscream — F-22 Raptor
Soundwave — Satellite and Cybertronian jet
Unknown cars spotted on set include a Ferrari 458 Italia and a blue 2011 Mercedes Benz E350, believed to be autobots. Three Nascar automobiles and a Chevy Tahoe vehicle have also been spotted, believed to be decepticons.
Threadless have posted an awesome new Decepticon T-shirt,
Posting on the Don Murphy forums, Roberto Orci has confirmed that neither he nor Alex Kurtzman will be returning for the third episode in the Transformers trilogy. Ehren Kruger (The Ring, Scream 3, Transformers Revenge of the Fallen) is taking over from the pair.
So Bob and Alex is it true. you wont be involved this time round.
Sorry to hear that Roberto, really I am. Are we in good hands with Mr. Kruger? Does he know his Transformers?
He does. He really did his homework. He’s awesome.
Speculated as early as December 2008, and more solidly in March this year, we heard a June/July 2011 release date for Transformers 3 was on the cards. However, Michael Bay rebutted these remarks, suggesting he wanted a year off from mechanical beasts to work on something a little different.
However, Bay has now confirmed via his blog that Transformers 3 will hit theaters in July 2011. He also left a message for Megan Fox,
Well its official: We have a great Transformers 3 story. The release date is now July 1st 2011. Not 2012.
Today is Day One. This morning started with an ILM meeting for five hours in San Francisco. Currently I’m flying with writer Ehren Kruger to Rhode Island to talk to Hasbro about new characters.
P.S. Megan Fox, welcome back. I promise no alien robots will harm you in any way during the production of this motion picture. Please consult your Physician when working under my direction because some side effects can occur, such as mild dizziness, intense nausea, suicidal tendencies, depression, minor chest hair growth, random internal hemorrhaging and inability to sleep. As some directors may be hazardous to your health, please consult your Doctor to determine if this is right for you.
Pain and Gain is right after shooting of Trans 3.
They’re selling the 17 foot Bumblebee model, at auction it is expected to fetch up to $80,000. Alongside him will be a number of Megan Fox outfits and over 100 props from the Transformers movies. Bids can be made over the internet or phone via Profiles in History.
Auctioneer Profiles in History said it expected the 3,200 pound (1.45 ton) Hero Bumblebee robot from the first movie in 2007 to fetch $60,000 to $80,000 at the Oct 8–9 auction.
The motorcycle costume worn by Fox as Mikaela Banes in the blockbuster 2009 sequel “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen”, along with her shorts and tank top, have an estimate of $3,000 to $5,000.
Joe Maddalena, president of Profiles in History, said anything worn by Fox was in great demand by collectors.
“‘Transformers’ made her a star and I expect her costumes to perform very well at auction. The 17-foot Bumblebee robot speaks for itself … it’s such an amazing spectacle and a pop culture icon that I expect bidders to go crazy,” Maddalena said.
Bids can be placed in person at the auction in Calabasas, outside Los Angeles, by phone or live on the Internet.
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