If Transformers: Rise of the Beasts gets a sequel many questions will need to be answered, including when it will be released, which actors will be in its cast, and what it will be about. Serving as a sequel to Bumblebee and a prequel to the Transformers movies, Rise of the Beasts is inspired by the fan-favorite Beast Wars storyline It is set in 1994 Brooklyn, and sees an archeologist and an ex-military electronics expert teaming up to help Optimus Prime and the Autobots in a battle to protect Earth from Unicron’s impending invasion. Creed II’s Steven Caple Jr. directs.
Sequels are par for the course in the live-action Transformers franchise. The original Transformers movie was followed by four Michael Bay-directed sequels: Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Transformers: Age of Extinction, and Transformers: The Last Knight. However, the next installment after that, Bumblebee, broke franchise tradition by serving as both a spin-off and a prequel to the Transformers franchise. Will Transformers: Rise of the Beasts follow suit and get a sequel?
A Transformers: Rise of the Beasts sequel was confirmed over a year before the film’s release date. In February 2022, Paramount+ tweeted that Transformers: Rise of the Beasts will be “the first of three new installments.” Transformers: Rise of the Beasts is planned as the first chapter of a Beast Wars trilogy. While no title or plot details have been confirmed, Paramount is working on a Transformers: Rise of the Beasts sequel, and another sequel to come after that. The only reason Paramount would end up calling off plans for the Transformers: Rise of the Beasts sequel is if Transformers: Rise of the Beasts bombed at the box office.
The same tweet from Paramount+ also confirmed that a CG animated Transformers movie was being produced to be released theatrically in 2024. This animated feature was later revealed to be titled Transformers One and the studio gave it a more solid release date of July 19, 2024, which was later pushed back to September 13, 2024 (via Collider). Transformers One will be directed by Toy Story 4’s Josh Cooley. Set entirely on Cybertron, Transformers One will focus on the relationship between Optimus Prime and Megatron, setting up their hero-villain dynamic from the live-action films.
The animated feature Transformers One will be the next entry in the Transformers film series, and it’s scheduled for a theatrical release on September 13, 2024, but it’s a prequel, not a direct sequel to Transformers: Rise of the Beasts. Although Paramount has confirmed that it is developing a Transformers: Rise of the Beasts sequel, no release date has been confirmed for the new movie. However, it’s possible to speculate about when the Transformers: Rise of the Beasts sequel might arrive based on the release schedule of previous Transformers films.
Although Bumblebee was released in December 2018, every other Transformers movie has been released in June or July, so it’s likely that the Transformers: Rise of the Beasts sequel will be a summer release. The release date for Transformers: Rise of the Beasts was nearly five years after the last Transformers film, the spin-off Bumblebee. It’s unlikely that the Transformers: Rise of the Beasts sequel will take so long to hit theaters, since the delay to Transformers: Rise of the Beasts had to accommodate the COVID-19 pandemic’s effects on the film industry.
Paramount will likely want to strike while the iron is hot and won’t wait five years to release the Transformers: Rise of the Beasts sequel. The first three installments in Michael Bay’s initial Transformers series were released two years apart, while the fourth and fifth movies were released three years apart. If the new incarnation of the Transformers franchise maintains this momentum (which is something of a necessity in today’s moviegoing climate to keep audiences interested), then the Transformers: Rise of the Beasts sequel could arrive in either 2026 or 2027.
Paramount hasn’t confirmed an official cast list for the Transformers: Rise of the Beasts sequel, but it will likely feature a lot of characters who were introduced in the first movie, and the actors who played them. The Transformers: Rise of the Beasts sequel will probably bring back human characters like Noah Diaz, played by Anthony Ramos, and Elena Wallace, played by Dominique Fishback. The human protagonists of the previous incarnations of the Transformers franchise – Shia LaBeouf’s Sam Witwicky and Mark Wahlberg’s Cade Yeager – stuck around for a couple of movies, and there’s no reason to believe Noah and Elena won’t do the same.
Even if the human cast features different actors, the voice cast will probably see the return of many familiar voice artists as the titular robots in disguise. The sequel will likely bring back Peter Cullen, who’s been voicing Optimus Prime since the original 1980s animated Transformers series and also appears in the Transformers: Rise of the Beasts cast. The producers will also probably want to keep their most famous voice actors from Transformers: Rise of the Beasts around for the sequel, like Pete Davidson and Ted Lasso’s Cristo Fernández as Autobots, Michelle Yeoh and Ron Perlman as Maximals, and Peter Dinklage as a Terrorcon.
There’s no confirmed plot synopsis for the Transformers: Rise of the Beasts sequel, but it will likely continue the story set up in Transformers: Rise of the Beasts. The Transformers: Rise of the Beasts sequel is being planned as the second part of a Beast Wars trilogy, and Unicron is likely being set up as the big bad for this three-part epic. The second chapter of the trilogy might bring the characters from Bumblebee back into the fold – particularly Hailee Steinfeld’s Charlie Watson, who became a close friend of Bumblebee’s as she protected him from shady government agents.
Bumblebee takes place in the 1980s, while Transformers: Rise of the Beasts takes place in the 1990s. If these Transformers prequel movies are each tackling a different decade (much like the X-Men prequel movies), then the Transformers: Rise of the Beasts sequel will bring the story back to the 2000s, the decade where it all began with Bay’s original films. It might stay in the ‘90s to continue the Beast Wars storyline started in Transformers: Rise of the Beasts with Noah and Elena in the spotlight. Alternatively, it could go even further back into the 1960s or 1970s for another standalone story.