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John Goodman, Ken Watanabe Are Autobots in Transformers: Age of Extinction

05.08.2014

The next installment in the Transformers franchise is only a few months away, and yet there is still casting news to report for the movie. Michael Bay announced today that John Goodman and Ken Watanabe will provide the voices for two new Autobots in TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION. Goodman will play Autobot Hound and Watanabe will play Drift. I don’t think there is ever such a thing as bad casting when it comes to these two great actors, so this is all good from where I’m sitting.

 Here’s the press release from Michael Bay’s blog:

HOLLYWOOD, CA (May 8, 2014) – Director Michael Bay has tapped John Goodman and Ken Watanabe to voice two all new Autobots in his highly anticipated film “TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION,” the fourth film in the global blockbuster franchise from Paramount Pictures. Goodman and Watanabe will join legendary voice actors Peter Cullen and Frank Welker

Goodman will play Autobot Hound, Watanabe will play Drift, while Cullen reprises his role as the voice of Optimus Prime, and Welker takes on another new character, Galvatron. “I am pleased to welcome two gifted and versatile actors, John Goodman and Ken Watanabe, to the world of Transformers,” said Bay. “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.”

Goodman is one of my favorite actors and it’s always a pleasure to see or hear him on the big screen. His work in MONSTERS, INC. and MONSTERS UNIVERSITY are proof enough that the man can take a role, live-action or animated, and make it his own.  Watanabe can next been seen in GODZILLA, but you already knew that.

As Bay mentioned, rounding out the voice-over cast are actors John DiMaggio (Crosshairs), Mark Ryan (Lockdown) while returning is Robert Foxworth (Rathchet) and Reno Wilson (Brains).

TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION opens on June 27, 2014.

Extra Tidbit: John Goodman's first job was being a bouncer. Who would ever mess with him?

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