Hamilton alum Anthony Ramos in talks to lead new Transformers movie
Ahead of the long-delayed release of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s In the Heights film, it looks like Hamilton alum Anthony Ramos has found his next major project in the form of Paramount Pictures’ new Transformers film. Collider brings word that Ramos has already entered final negotiations for the lead role in director Steven Caple Jr.’s upcoming project. The 29-year-old actor is reportedly set to portray the role of a flawed and vulnerable hero who has made mistakes in his life and is eager to redeem himself with the help of Optimus Prime.
In addition, the studio is also looking to cast the female co-star opposite Ramos. Screen and chemistry tests will be happening soon with The Old Guard‘s Kiki Layne and Judas and the Black Messiah star Dominique Fishback among the actresses in line for the female-lead role.
The next installment to the blockbuster Transformers film franchise will be helm by Creed II director Steven Caple Jr. from a screenplay written by Joby Harold. Further details about its plot and characters are still under wraps but is reportedly expected to pick up the story threads established in 2018’s “soft reboot” Bumblebee.
This casting news comes after nearly a week since it was announced the Paramount and eOne has enlisted Angel Manuel Soto to helm another Transformers movie that will tell a new story separated from the main film franchise. The studio is also currently developing an animated film based on the franchise which hails from Toy Story 4 director Josh Cooley.
Paramount Pictures’ Transformers film series started in 2007 with Michael Bay directing the first film which starred Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox. It went on to become an instant box office hit with a worldwide gross of over $700 million. Due to its success, Bay was able to helm four more sequels with LaBeouf remaining as its lead in Revenge of the Fallen and Dark of Moon.
However, with 2014’s Age of Extinction, Mark Wahlberg has taken over the franchise as its new face until 2017’s The Last Knight. The five Transformers films along with Travis Knight’s Hailee Steinfeld-led Bumblebee spinoff have a combined gross of over $4 billion.
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