John Goodman and Ken Watanabe Join ‘Transformers: Age of Extinction’

By May 8, 2014

For an effects-heavy movie like Transformers: Age of Extinction, filming has been completed for a long while, and though it hits theaters in just under two months, that doesn’t mean director Michael Bay can’t still add cast members to his would-be blockbuster. According to the director’s website, John Goodman and Ken Watanabe have joined the impressive voice cast as two brand new Autobots: Goodman will provide the voice of “Hound” and Watanabe will lend his pipes to the character of “Drift.” Since they’re all new characters, there’s not much speculation we can do at this point, but let’s just hope that Watanabe’s “Drift” isn’t a racist caricature like Mudflap and Skids in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.

The duo joins other voice talent including Peter Cullen (Optimus Prime), Frank Welker (Galvatron), John DiMaggio (Crosshairs), Mark Ryan (Lockdown), Robert Foxworth (Ratchet), and Reno Wilson (Brains). Goodman recently starred in The Monuments Men, while Watanabe has a role in Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla, which arrives in theaters next Friday.

Bay had this to say about his new additions:

I am pleased to welcome two gifted and versatile actors, John Goodman and Ken Watanabe, to the world of Transformers, and to reteam with Peter and Frank, who have brought Transformers characters alive from the beginning. I’ve been fortunate to work with some of the best voice talent in the business, and together we will introduce several exciting new robots to fans of the franchise around the world.

The film opens in theaters on June 27th, 2014, and you can check out a trailer below.

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