Alan Tudyk (Firefly, Dollhouse) has revealed a few details about his new Transformers 3 role to “From Hollywood with Love”:
“John Turturro’s character, who has been in the other two movies, Agent Simmons. I’m a fellow agent of his that is sort of his assistant and weapons expert, computer hacker, cyber sleuth.”
This confirms Tudyk will have a human role.
A reader at the Shoot for the Edit forums has posted a translation of a French TF2 article that contains some spoilers. Specifically it appears to reveal the start and end of the movie in a very vague manner, before outlining a few scenes involving Shia, Bumblebee, Skids and Mudflaps and Agent Simmons, John Turturro. The magazine suggests that Turturro also voices an old Transformer that loses parts with every move — undoubtedly this is Jetfire, whilst Bay outlines his thoughts on the bickering twins which come across like some sort of mechanical jar jar binks.
Set: Egypt, in front of Kheops Pyramid, stands an ancient 30’s palace built for King Faruk’s guests.
At “Action”, Shia runs through the yard, stops at the doorstep and hits the door with his shoulder. Megan Fox, John Turturro and Ramon Rodriguez come next and hurry inside the building.
Shia heads up, shout a few words at an imaginary Bumblebee, and gets in. Three cars, the Camaro, the red TRAX and the green BEAT, start quickly and stop a bit further away to look out. The three vehicles are driven by black-suited (and thereby “invisible”) stuntmen behind the smoked glass.
At the end of the day, the crew moves to the third and smallest pyramid, Mykerinos. John Turturro, back as always angry agent Simmons, has to climb up a few stones. This hasn’t been done for 30 years: Too many accident occurred and Egyptians had forbidden it. Turturro will try to run from an imaginary Decepticon.
Michael Bay says: “I had the idea of these two stupid Transformers, Skids and Mudflap. They’re twins who can’t stop bickering, but they do heroic things at the beginning of the movie.
Bumblebee, on his side, has become more serious. He doesn’t want to leave Sam’s parents’ garage. There is also an old Transformer, who loses screws and bolts at every move. And it’s John Turturro voicing him.”
The movie will start at Gyzeh, Egypt, long before pyramids were built, and will end at the same place nowadays, with a huge fight between Autobots and Decepticons.
It’s said that we’ll learn in the movie how pyramids were built. Does it involve any Transformer?
A discussion over at Michael Bay’s forums, “Shoot for the edit” started after an interview between Frank Welker and TFW2005 was posted by a fan, along with a plea to the director, specifically:
TFW: Have you been approached at all for any further work with the franchise, either with the movie (Soundwave?) or another incarnation, such as Transformers: Animated?
Welker: Well it is a little too early to be specific but I will say yes and no. No, I have not been approached by the movie folks but yes I am still involved in the franchise…more on that later.
Michael, I can understand your choice in terms of Megatron, and I know you’re probably ready to murder the next guy who brings up the topic of original voice actors…but please, please allow Frank a shot at Soundwave’s voice. I’m risking getting banned by Nelson (again) just to ask. His participation in the franchise really does mean that much to a load of fans out there.
I swear this is the last time I will ever bring this subject up until the movie’s release.
To which Michael Bay responded positively:
I think I’m going to pursue Frank on Soundwave.
For those not in the know, Frank Welker voiced both Megatron and Soundwave in the original animated series, he also reprized his role as Megatron for the recent video game.
Heery Casting are back with a call for the Princeton shoot:
TRANSFORMERS 2 EXTRAS:
Needed are union and Non-Union background men and women, ages 18–24 — must LOOK COLLEGE AGE, all ethnicities, for scenes set in Princeton NJ. Shooting will take place in June 2008.
No acting experience necessary; both SAG and non-union talent will be considered. All roles are paid positions.
Please submit a CURRENT picture of yourself to:
Your photo must be in .jpg format.
NO phone calls please.
IESB have posted some backstory to the attachment and unattachment of Superbad star, Jonah Hill:
You know how Jonah Hill was attached to TRANSFORMERS 2, and then was suddenly and without explanation un-attached? Apparently, Jonah was more or less offered the part in the room, but then had to go into Bay’s office to read the script — because it’s so super top secret and the plot is so extra-specially complex, you know.
Jonah sits down, opens the script. The character of the chubby sidekick is named “Jonah.” How perfect. Jonah reads 20 pages of the script, puts it down, and silently walks out of the room. Wants no part of it. Next thing you know, his reps call Bay, he’s off the project.
I’m thinking this may be because the chubby sidekick character was just too stereotypical with a whole host of terrible one liners and very little depth. Last thing you want to do is get typecast.
MTV report that Matthew Marsden (Black Hawk Down), has been cast as a member of the British Special Forces.
Marsden has been cast in the role of “Graham,” a character who is part of the British Special Forces. Although the film’s plot is being kept under the tightest veils of secrecy, it is known that the flick will depict an even more worldly battle than the first “Transformers” film, and will shoot all over the globe. In the sequel, Graham teams with Duhamel and Tyrese’s military characters, joining their efforts as they do battle with the evil Decepticons.
MTV have revealed that The Office star, Rainn Wilson, will be playing a University Professor in Transformers 2:
“I play a college professor,” he told MTV before jokingly adding, “that turns into a robot, and turns into a car.”
Via Movie Hole:
Sounds like those robots-in-disguise might be chasing down some bikers?
A casting call just arrived in my inbox advertising for a “female motorcycle rider” to do a days work on “Transformers”.
This “Very Attractive Female Actor Under 30 Years Old” must “have extensive experience/training in riding motorcycles”.
The actress would be a day-player.
Via Heery Casting:
Little Person needed for “Transformers 2″
We are looking for a Male Little Person , age 30–65, any ethnicity, for a featured role in the Dreamworks production of “Transformers 2.“
Shooting will be in the Philadelphia area in the month of June.
This is a featured role, we will see both SAG and non-SAG for this. (We will waiver for this)
If interested and available, please send a CANDID picture of yourself (not a headshot) to:
Please attach the picture as a .jpg and put “Little person” in the subject line.
No Phone calls please.
May 30 2008
TRANSFORMERS 2 EXTRAS
If you missed the open call for TRANSFORMERS 2, you may still submit a picture.
Needed are union and Non-Union background men and women, ages 18–70, all ethnicities, for scenes set in Philadelphia PA, and Princeton NJ. Shooting will take place in June 2008.
College age men and women are especially needed. No acting experience necessary; both SAG and non-union talent will be considered. All roles are paid positions.
Please submit a CURRENT picture of yourself to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Your photo must be in .jpg format.
If your headshot is older than one year, do NOT send it. Instead, send a recent snapshot — that has you alone in the picture – a close-up is preferred (no party pictures holding a beer…)
Your picture must be attached as a “.jpeg” file.
Be sure to include all contact information, height and weight and SAG number (if you have one) in the body of the e-mail.
Please state if you are available for Philadelphia and/or Princeton.
NO phone calls please.
May 23 2008