It’s been a minute since we spent time with some Robots in Disguise on the big screen, with 2018’s Bumblebee simultaneously taking us back to 1987 and pressing the reboot button on the Transformers movies. Next summer though, the officially-titled Transformers: Rise of the Beasts will finally arrive, with a traditional lineup of the heroic Autobots now being accompanied by the Maximals, Predacons and Terrorcons. While much of Rise of the Beasts’ cast had already been revealed, among other things we know about the next Transformers movie, it’s been announced that Saturday Night Live alum Pete Davidson and Everything Everywhere All at Once’s Michelle Yeoh have been added in key roles.
This information comes straight from Steven Caple Jr., Transformers: Rise of the Beasts’ director, who went on Instagram to share that Pete Davidson will voice the Autobot known as Mirage and Michelle Yeoh will voice the Maximal called Airazor. You can watch the quick video snippets Caple took of Davidson and Yeoh in their respective recording sessions below.
Pete Davidson will be the second actor to voice Mirage in the Transformers film series, with the role previously being held by the late Francesco Quinn in Transformers: Dark of the Moon. In that movie, Mirage was an Autobot spy who turned into a red Ferrari 458 Italia, but Davidson’s Mirage’s vehicle form will be a silver and blue Porsche 964. As for Michelle Yeoh’s Airazor, she will have the capability to become a peregrine falcon in Transformers: Rise of the Beasts. Neither of these actors are strangers to voice acting, with Pete Davidson having previously voiced Marmaduke’s eponymous character and Yeoh’s credits in this field including Kung Fu Panda 2, Minions: The Rise of Gru and Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank.
Set in 1994, Transformers: Rise of the Beasts respectively stars Anthony Ramos and Dominque Fishback as Noah and Elena, two humans who are drawn into an ancient conflict involving the Maximals, Terrorcons and Predacons that leads to them traveling across the globe. Pete Davidson and Michelle Yeoh’s fellow voice actors on Rise of the Beasts include Peter Cullen reprising Optimus Prime and Sons of Anarchy’s Ron Perlman as Optimus Primal, and other robotic characters appearing include Bumblebee, Arcee, Whelljack, Rhinox, Cheetor, Scourge, Nightbird and Battletrap, the latter three being Terrorcons. Joby Harold, Darnell Metayer, Josh Peters, Erich Hoeber and Jon Hoeber all worked on Rise of the Beasts’ script.
Transformers: Rise of the Beasts hits theaters on June 9, 2023, and it’s intended to be the first entry in a new trilogy for the franchise. Additionally, there’s an untitled animated Transformers prequel in the works that will be set on Cybertron which is being directed by Toy Story 4’s Josh Cooley. Continue visiting CinemaBlend for updates on these projects and other upcoming movies.