"For a thousand years, we've kept it hidden," intones Sir Anthony Hopkins in a new spot for "Transformers: The Last Knight," as his character reveals the role of giant robots throughout human history.
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They've always been there during humanity's most critical moments, according to a new TV spot for June 2017's blockbuster-in-waiting, "Transformers: The Last Knight."
Thus far in the CGI-powered live action movie franchise, Transformers have gone from heroes to villains in the public eye, having been implicated in costly battles that have ravaged cityscapes as two factions have battled for our blue planet.
Medieval Europe, samurai-era Japan, US social reform, at World War hotspots, and on the moon, the Transformers have been deeply involved in steering key moments in human history. Especially the moments that involve guns, swords, and explosions, it would seem.
"They have been here forever, in the shadows," explains Hopkins' Sir Edmund Burton, a history buff who understands the true role of Transformers over the years; "To protect Earth from what was destined to arrive."
Michael Bay directs "Transformers: The Last Knight," just as he did the franchise's four films that preceded it, and since 2007's "Transformers," the movies have generated over $3.7 billion USD worldwide.
For this fifth franchise entry, Mark Wahlberg leads a cast of returning characters as Cade Yeagar, the film's heroic human.
Isabela Moner, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson, Stanely Tucci and John Turturro are also involved after previous "Transformers" outings, as are Peter Cullen, Frank Welker, and John Goodman, who voice key robot characters.