The INSIDER Summary:
- Josh Duhamel is reprising his role in the fifth “Transformers” movie after sitting out the last film.
- Duhamel teases the next film will be “bigger and badder” than the previous movies.
- His character is working with a team to destroy all Transformers — good and bad.
- He hints his character may have a slightly different agenda.
When the next Transformers movie, “The Last Knight,” comes to theaters, audiences will be reunited with a familiar face from the first few films — but we’re not talking about Shia LeBeouf.
After sitting out the last film, 2014’s “Age of Extinction,” Josh Duhamel will reprise his role as William Lennox, a Colonel who aligned himself with the Autobots (the good Transformers) to save the world time and time again. It came as a surprise for Duhamel, who never thought he’d be returning for a fifth Transformers movie.
“I thought I was done. I thought I’d done my three movies. I was grateful for the experience and I had moved on from it,” Duhamel recently told INSIDER after he was recently named celebrity ambassador for the Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot.
That changed when Duhamel received a call asking if he would be around last summer and would like to come back on for another film. The answer? An obvious yes.
“I think they [Paramount] kind of just want to reboot it,” said Duhamel, who, despite what critics may say about the films, has a lot of fun filming them.
“You just get to see things on these movie sets that you don’t see anywhere else,” he continued. “The amount of toys that Michael Bay has to make movies is unbelievable.”
This time around, Duhamel tells INSIDER Lennox won’t be working for N.E.S.T., the task force set up to fight Decepticons with the help of Autobots.
“I’m a part of what they call TRF. It’s a group that’s tasked with eliminating all Transformers — good or bad — from the planet,” he said. “There’s been an uproar around the world that they’re [the Transformers] going to take over.”
Despite the bots getting a bad rep, Duhamel says his character’s not buying it since Lennox worked alongside some of the Transformers, previously. And, really, who could consider Bumblebee a bad guy?
“Well, I know better and I’m working with this group, at least covertly, to eliminate them knowing that that’s really not what I want to do. I’m sort of conflicted about the whole thing,” he said.
Duhamel didn’t want to spoil the entire movie for us and tell us what his character will ultimately end up doing (we’re guessing helping out the Autobots is in his agenda), but he says there’s a lot more going on in the movie as well.
“The beauty of the story is that it really gets into the history, the mythology, the part they [The Transformers] played in human history,” Duhamel said. “They’ve been around much longer than anybody ever thought, so it explains a lot of things that certain people in history were able to do or certain phenomenon.”
It looks like we’ll learn more about their role in history from Sir Anthony Hopkins, who was cast as a historian well-versed in the bots’ time on Earth.
“It’s bigger and badder than anything we’ve ever done yet, so I’m hoping people love it,” he added.
“Transformers: The Last Knight” is in theaters June 21.
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