– by Joseph Jammer Medina

transformers4-ss (1)Empire magazine is going to feature a special spread on Michael Bay’s upcoming Transformers: Age of Extinction– the fourth entry in the robot car series. The issue comes out on Thursday, but they’ve all ready shared their cover with the public. On it, we see the film’s new star Mark Wahlberg, flanked by co-stars Nicola Peltz and Jack Reynor. Notable for Transformers fans, though, is the first official look at Optimus Prime and how he’ll look in this movie.

Transformers - Optimus - Mark Wahlberg - Empire

In the film, Wahlberg assumes the lead role as a new character. He plays a mechanic who, with his daughter (Peltz), discovers a secret that ensnares the two of them in a conflict between the Autobots, the Decepticons, and a paranoid government official. The cast also includes Stanley Tucci and Kelsey Grammer. Fan-favorite, Peter Cullen, is back to once again voice Optimus- as he has since the 80’s cartoons.

The announcement of a fourth film surprised many after Bay had claimed that the third film was the conclusion of his branch of the franchise. But, as usual, money talks. Despite terrible reviews, and a ho-hum response from fans, 2009’s Revenge of The Fallen banked over $836 million worldwide.

Transformers: Age of Extinction rolls into theaters on June 27, 2014.

SOURCE: Empire

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.