Friday, May 24, 2013

Transformers Age of Extinction Cheat Sheet

This is a "cheat sheet" for Transformers 4 that attempts to summarize the details on the movie as it comes in. As a result consider this a Spoiler Warning. Verified means the information either came from someone associated with the film (an actor, director, producer, etc.) or through mainstream press (CNN, THR, etc.) so unlikely to be false (but no guarantees). Feel free to comment on any inaccuracies or new info that isn't reflect in the sheet. The below is ultimately speculation and rumor until officially confirmed through those with the production of the film.

Official Title: Transformers: Age of Extinction (verified)
Principle Photography: from May 28th to October 27 (start date verified, end date)
Budget: $165 million (verified)
Shoot Days: 96 (verified)
Release Date: 6/27/2014 (verified)
Formats: real IMAX, IMAX-3D (verified)
Trailers: Super Bowl (released 2/2/14) | 1st Theatrical (released 3/4/14) | 2nd Theatrical (released 5/15/14)

Director: Michael Bay (verified)
Producers: Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Ian Bryce, Don Murphy, Tom DeSanto (verified)
Executive Producers: Steven Spielberg, Michael Bay, Brian Goldner (verified)
Writer: Ehren Kruger (verified)
Visual Effects: Industrial Light & Magic (verified)

TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION is the fourth film in director Michael Bay’s global blockbuster franchise. Mark Wahlberg, Stanley Tucci, Li Bingbing , Kelsey Grammer, Sophia Myles, T. J. Miller, Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor and Titus Welliver star. The film begins after an epic battle that left a great city torn, but with the world saved. As humanity picks up the pieces, a shadowy group reveals itself in an attempt to control the direction of history… while an ancient, powerful new menace sets Earth in its crosshairs. With help from a new cast of humans, Optimus Prime (voiced by Peter Cullen) and the Autobots rise to meet their most fearsome challenge yet. In an incredible adventure, they are swept up in a war of good and evil, ultimately leading to a climactic battle across the world. (verified)

Principle Cast
Mark Wahlberg - Cade Yeager, father of Peltz's character, mechanic (verified)
Nicola Peltz - Tessa Yeager, daughter of Wahlberg's character (verified)
Jack Reynor - Shane Dyson, boyfriend to Peltz's character, race car driver (verified)
Stanley Tucci - Joshua (casting verified, name verified)
Sophia Myles - Darcy (casting verified, name verified)
Kelsey Grammer - Harold Attinger, counter intelligence bad guy (verified)

Supporting Cast
TJ Miller - Lucas, best friend of Wahlberg's characer, mechanic (casting verified, name verified)
Lucas Black - name unknown, government soldier (verified)
Li Bingbing - Su Yueming (casting verified, name verified)
Titus Welliver - Savoy (casting verified, name verified)
Han Geng - unknown (verified)
James Bachman - Gill Wembley (casting, name verified)

Transformers Voice Cast
Peter Cullen - Optimus Prime (verified)
Frank Welker - Galvatron (verified)
John Goodman - Hound (verified)
Ken Watanabe - Drift (verified)
John Dimaggio - Crosshairs (verified)
Mark Ryan - Lockdown (verified)
Robert Foxworth - Ratchet (verified)
Reno Wilson - Brains (verified)

Transformers Characters - Alt Mode
"New" Optimus Prime - rusty G1 style truck and custom built Western Star from Daimler Trucks (verified)
Bumblebee - custom yellow and black 1967 Chevy Camaro SS and 2014 Chevy Concept Camaro (verified and verified)
Drift - black & blue 2013 Bugatti Grand Sport Vitesse (vehicle verified, name verified)
Ratchet - traditional ambulance (character verified, alt mode not verified)
Brains - unknown (character verified)
Hound - Oshkosh Defense Medium Tactical Vehicle (verified)
Crosshairs - green 2014 C7 Corvette Stingray (name verified, alt mode verified)
Dinobots (verified twice)
     Grimlock - T-Rex (verified)
     Strafe (based on G1 Swoop) - pterodactyl (verified)
     Slug (based on G1 Slag) - triceratops (verified)
     Slash - velociraptor (verified)
     Scorn - spinosaurus (verified)

Galvatron - black and dark grey 2014 Freightliner Argosy (vehicle verified, name & faction verified)
Lockdown - dark gray 2013 Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 (vehicle verified, name, faction verified)
Stinger - blood red 2013 Pagani Huayra (vehicle verified, name and faction verified)
Cyclonus - alt mode unknown (name verified)

Faction Unknown
unknown - purple and white Sonic RS Rally Car (vehicle verified)
unknown - silver 201? Aston Martin Vanquish (vehicle verified)
unknown - white 2014 China Concept E-Jet (vehicle verified)
unknown - red 2014 Ferrari 458 Italia Speciale (vehicle spotted, not verified if part of TF4 production)

Filming Locations
Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, Arizona - May 28 to ? (verified)
     Pflugerville - June ? to June 11 (verified)
     Taylor - June 12 to 13 (verified)
     Elgin - June 13 to ? (verified)
     Lockhart - week of June 16 (verified)
     Fairfield Township - June 25 to June 29 (mostly verified)
     Detroit - end of June to August (verified)
Chicago, Illinois - August 23 to October 1 (verified twice)
Satsop Business Park, Port of Grays Harbor, Washington - early October (verified)
Thailand - when unknown (not verified)
China - October (verified)
     Hong Kong, China - October 15 to 27 (verified)

Rumors and Information
- Bay: "Redesigned everything from top to bottom", including the Transformers (source)
- Not a reboot of the franchise so previous films continuity remains intact (source)
- Set four years after Dark of the Moon (source)
- Hasbro sponsoring Otto Graven and his "Ultimate 86" Formula D Scion FRS, possible alt mode for a TF character (source)
- Bay tease the movie as a "chase from hell" (source)
- Paramount and Hasbro has a "cooperation agreement" with China to film portions of TF4 in country (source)
- Part of the China agreement is casting four roles (2 pro, 2 amateur) via the "Transformers 4 Chinese Actor Talent Search" airing in June 2013 in the country (source)
- Glenn Morshower as General Morshower not returning to the franchise (source)
- Josh Duhamel as Captain Lennox is not returning to the franchise (source)
- Reference made to the "1st Dinobot attack" but no character name(s) specified (source)
- Joshua (Tucci) is likely owner of KSI. What that stands for is unknown (source)
- Reference made to "fossil find" but no further details (source)
- Movie prop indicates possible return of Megatron (source)
- Entertainment Tonight report refers to Pagani as Stinger, which was part of the names of leaked movie toys (verified, name not officially source)
- Moved Dinobots to Autobot faction due to reveal that Strafe/Swoop is an Autobot (source)
- Added additional Dinobots Slug and Slash based on toy lines but a toy does not necessarily mean a movie appearance (but likely).
- Combined and noted that Crosshairs and Drift alt modes and faction officially verified.
- Combined and noted that Lockdown and Stinger names, alt modes and faction officially verified.
- Added Brains and Ratchet to cast list, removed Sideswipe as all indications are character is not in TF cast.


  1. Nice blog!


  2. Oh My Freaking God. DRIFT! I LOVE YOU!

  3. The Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse is still Drift as of now. The Chevrolet Corvette C7 Stingray is Sunstreaker. The Chevrolet Sonic RS is Cliffjumper. This one may come as a little bit of a shock, but the rumor on set is the Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 is Prowl.

  4. We better wait until official confirmation. I'd like to believe Bugatti being Drift and Corvette being Sunstraker, but we must wait until toys or official confirmation appears. By the way, as addition to those rumors Freightliner is believed to be Galvatron.

  5. By the way, I'm pretty sure we'll be informed of identities of those characters whose names will mentioned by humans before the principal photography is over. But now we know only Optimus, Bumblebee and Hound.

  6. Is there any way to get notifications when you update this cheat sheet?

  7. Pagani and Lambo were still unnamed and we all know that Drift is Bugatti. And I've never seen Corvette separate from Drift. So Crosshairs cearly has to be Corvette.

  8. Okay first of all Ancient power transformer menace sets his crosshairs on Earth is obviously Unicron plus there are going to be dinobots as it was confirmed 1-2 days ago and the Omega Lock is a possibility because there was a large debate over at TF2005 about the first official image that was put onto the internet.

    1. i totally agree that the Ancient and powerful tf that has earth in his crosshairs is clearly Unicron. who else could it be? if it said an old group, that would be the Quintisons but only one, obviously that's Unicron plus Unicron was mentioned a lot on set from what was reported.

  9. When Wahlberg's character name was first time mentioned, it was rumored to be Flynn "Ray" Vicent. Later without that nickname and in call sheet as Cade. It would seem that Cade would be the actual nickname and so: Flynn "Cade" Vincent. And the confusion would have resulted from pronouncing of letter "a" in both names. Just a theory, but can't be ruled out.

  10. No Galvatron! No! That would be the 2nd time bringing Megatron back to life! No way! I hope it remains un-verified and that it is NEVER confirmed to be true because I am sick of Megatron in these movies because he's so pathetic. Especially in the last movie. We need a fresh, new enemy. Although the whole Transformers thing was between Optimus and Megatron in G1 and other shows, they didn't make that the case in the movies besides the first one. Just that Megatron was the side character to the main evil character. We need a freaking better plot! Glad there's no stupid Sam Whitwickey though...ugh...Hated that character..

    1. Give me a break! As long as Optimus leads Autobots, Decepticons are nothing without Megatron leading them. In Unicron Trilogy (Armada, Energon and Cybertron) he returned from death more than once.

  11. There's a mistake. We know Stinger is a Decepticon, not an Autobot. The toyline report confirmed it "Decepticon Stinger". And it may also be just a production name. Real name of the Pagani might still be unknown, but at least we know its faction.

  12. Su Yueming is a full name. Not just a first name.

  13. What the ****? Strafe is not a Decepticon!

    1. I mean, you accidentally put the Dinobots under the list of Decepticon characters.

    2. Thanks, I corrected the mistake.

  14. By the way, we already know Grimlock is a horned Tyrannosaurus and Strafe is a twin-headed pterosaur. Why aren't their alternate modes written here?

  15. Why isn't the rusty truck listed as Optimus' first alternate mode? We do have a confirmation for that, you know.

    1. And by the way, the vehicle that was rumored to be Sideswipe's new alter mode is actually Cadillac Cien.

  16. Ratchet and Brains are listed being voice cast list, but not in character list. And why is Optimus's rusty truck mode mentioning still missing?

  17. Cyclonus' name should be removed. It was only seen in call sheet, but never again referred after that. Guess it was just a production name to another character (perhaps for Galvatron).

    1. While I am inclined to agree, the main reason not removing the name is the only Decepticons we know about so far are Lockdown, Galvatron (who technically isn't a Decepticon since human controlled) and Stinger. There have to be more than that. And each would have a name so Hasbro could sell toys even if only on screen long enough to die.

    2. There definitely are more. Lockdown's henchmen, techno-organic canines, Traxes and Junkheap, for example. But of course not as official as the others. And why were an orange McLaren, white Aston Martin and two Lamborghini Gallardos seen with Galvatron and Stinger?

    3. Now that the movie is out; Galvatron, Stinger, Junkheap and Traxes are only named Decepticons. Lockdown, a pack of Steeljaws and his unnamed henchmen are actually neutral, but malevolent bounty hunters.

  18. Hot shot is Chevrolet Sonic RS rally car

    1. The toy listing mention the name, but we should wait until we really see the toy or hear the name officially.

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  20. Joshua' and Darcy's last names are missing even though we know them now.

  21. I love "Transformers Age of Extinction" it's a amazing movie.thank you "Michael Bay" for gift us a real editor


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