Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Transformers Dark of the Moon Cheat Sheet

A cheat sheet (so spoiler warning) for Transformers: Dark of the Moon as information comes in. I have tagged items based on validity of the information. Rumor means the info comes second hand or through unofficial sources. Unverified means it comes from credible sources or seems likely. Verified means it was either provided from people with the movie or through mainstream media sources that are unlikely to be lied too (but no guarantees). If I miss anything note it in the comments or email me as I intend to keep this updated. The below is ultimately speculation until officially confirmed through those with the production.

Principle Photography: May 10th, 2010 to around October
Budget: $195 million (verified)
Release Dates:USA - July 1, 2011; International Dates
Rating: PG-13 (verified)

Director: Michael Bay
Producers: Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Ian Bryce and others
Executive Producers: Steven Spielberg, Michael Bay and others
Writers: Ehren Kruger
Visual Effects Companies: ILM, Digital Domain

When a mysterious event from Earth’s past erupts into the present day it threatens to bring a war to Earth so big that the Transformers alone will not be able to save us. The movie stars Shia LaBeouf, John Turturro, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Patrick Dempsey, Kevin Dunn, with John Malkovich and Frances McDormand. (source)

Teaser Trailer #1: With The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (December 10th) and Tron: Legacy (December 17th)
TV Spot #1: with Super Bowl XLV (February 6th)
TV Spot #2: with Daytona 500 (February 19th)
Theatrical Trailer #1: With Fast Five (April 29th)
Theatrical Trailer #1 (3D Edit): With Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (May 20th)
TV Spot #3 - Secret: American Idol (May 25th)
TV Spot #4 - Everything: American Idol (May 25th)

Principle Cast:
Shia LaBeouf - Sam Witwicky (verified)
Josh Duhamel - William Lennox (verified)
Tyrese Gibson - Robert Epps (verified)
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley - Carly Miller (verified, name verified)
John Turturro - Seymour Simmons (verified)
Patrick Dempsey - Dylan Gould (verified, name verified)

Supporting Cast:
Kevin Dunn - Ron Witwicky (verified)
Julie White - Judy Witwicky (verified)
Alan Tudyk - Simmons' Assistant (verified)
John Malkovich - Bruce Brassos, Shia's boss (verified, name verified)
Frances McDormand - Charlotte Mearing, NEST Commander (DOD) (verified, name verified)
Ken Jeong - Jerry Wang (verified)
Glenn Morshower - General Morshower (verified)
Lester Speigh - Hardcore Eddie (NEST) (verified)
Jon Jeans - Apollo 11's Neil Armstrong (verified)
Cory Tucker - Apollo 11's Buzz Aldrin (verified)

Transformer Voices:
Peter Cullen - Optimus Prime (verified)
Hugo Weaving - Megatron (verified)
Leonard Nimoy - Sentinel Prime (verified)
Robert Foxworth - Ratchet (verified)
Jess Harnell - Ironhide (verified)
Charles Adler - Starscream (verified)
Frank Welker - Soundwave (verified)
Frank Welker - Shockwave (verified)
Tom Kenny - Wheelie (verified)
Ron Bottitta - Roadbuster (verified)
John Di Maggio - Leadfoot (verified)
Keith Szarabajka - Laserbeak (verified)
George Coe - Que/Wheeljack (verified)
Francesco Quinn - Dino/Mirage (verified)
James Remar - Sideswipe (verified)
Reno Wilson - Brains (verified)
Greg Berg - Egor (verified)

Transformers Cast - Alt Mode:
Optimus Prime - blue, dark red Peterbilt 379EX with Trailer (verified)
Bumblebee - yellow, with black stripes 2011 Chevy Camaro (verified)
Ratchet - lime with white stripes 2009 Hummer H3 (verified)
Ironhide - black 2007 GMC Topkick C4500 (verified)
Sideswipe - 2012 Chevy Corvette Centennial convertible (verified)
Silverbolt - unknown (rumor)
Wheeljack - blue 2011 Mercedes-Benz E550 (verified)
Brains - laptop (name verified, look verified, what he is unknown)
The Wreckers - 3 Nascar vehicles (verified)
     Topspin - blue Jimmie Johnson NASCAR Chevy Impala #48 Lowe's/Kobalt (name verified)
     Roadbuster - green Dale Earnhardt, Jr NASCAR Chevy Impala #88 AMP Energy/National Guard (name verified)
     Leadfoot - red Juan Pablo Montoya NASCAR Chevy Impala #42 Target (verified)
Sentinel Prime - red Rosenbaurer Panther airline fire truck (verified)
Wheelie - orange RC toy truck (verified, color change unverified)
Mirage - red 2011 Ferrari 458 Italia (character verified, name verified)

Shockwave - Cybertronian tank (toys), in movie doesn't have one (big bad verified, alt mode verified)
Megatron - "Mad Max" tanker truck (verified)
Starscream - gray F-22 Raptor (verified)
Soundwave - silver 2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG (character verified, alt mode likely)
Crankcase/Dreads - Chevy Suburban (verified)
unknown - Armored Truck (rumor)
Laserbeak - various (confirmed twice)
The Driller - gigantic worm thing that travels under and above ground (source)

Shooting Locations:
Florida, Chicago, Detroit, Moscow (verified twice)
Africa (verified)
China (unverified)
4/12: Majestic Star Casino - Gary, Indiana (verified)
5/10-?: Sherman Oaks, California (verified)
5/10-?: For about six weeks, Downtown LA, California (verified twice)
7/12-7/13: Milwaukee Art Museum and Tower Automotive - Milwaukee, Wisconsin (verified) as Hotchkiss Gould Investments (source)
7/9-8/19: Chicago, Illinois
     7/9-7/11: Lasalle Street (unverified)
     7/11: Lake Shore East Park (verified)
     7/15-7/19: Wrigley Building, N. Michigan Ave Bridge (verified)
     7/19-7/22: Hotel 71 on Wacker Drive (verified)
     7/23-7/26: Upper Wacker Drive b/w Wabash and State (verified)
     7/24-8/1: 35 E. Wacker Drive and nearby streets (verified)
     7/27: Trump Plaza (verified)
     7/28: Millennium Park & MPEA Busway (verified)
     7/30-8/1: Wabash and Wacker Drive (verified)
     8/2-8/4: Old Post Office Building (verified)
     8/7-8/9: LaSalle Street Bridge (verified)
     8/10: 2227 South Indiana Ave (verified)
     8/17-8/19: Wabash and Lake parking lot (verified)
     8/20-8/21: Old Post Office Building and LaSalle Street Bridge (verified)
     8/24: Hotel 71 (verified)
     8/25-8/28: Wabash Avenue and Washington Street (verified)
8/11: Majestic Star Casino - Gary, Indiana (verified)
8/16: City Methodist Church - Gary, Indiana (verified)
8/30-9/1: Cline Avenue - Hammond, Indiana (verified)
9/9-9/27 Detroit, Michigan (verified)
9/29-10/8: Florida Space Coast, home of Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (verified, dates verified)
10/11-10/15: National Mall, American Red Cross National HQ, DAR Constitution Hall - Washington, DC (verified, date verified)
10/16: Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas (verified)
10/20-11/9: Los Angeles, exact dates & locations unknown (verified)
11/9: Los Angeles, final day of principle photography (verified)
11/13: New York, United Nations Assembly Auditorium (verified)

Rumors and Information
- Bumblebee and Optimus Prime's designed will be tweaked. Bumblebee to look like he has matured, Prime to appear more heroic. (source)
- Bumblebee has been updated to a 2011 Chevy Camaro with multiple modifications to the body but not a convertible as previousily rumored. (source)
- The film will not be shot in 3D but could still be released in 3D. Paramount wants it, Bay doesn't. (source)
- Film will be released in 3D, not confirmed if shot or converted but likely converted. (source)
- Patrick Dempsey's role is described as "significant to the plot" (source)
- Jamie Kennedy has not been cast in Transformers 3 despite rumors. (source)
- Story includes the possible assassination of humans by two robots (source)
- Autobots "Go Home" seems to be a plot point of the film. (source)
- One report indicates the Autobot Twins, Skids and Mudflap, return (source) but Michael Bay says "The Twins are not back in T3" (source) which then gets disproven with photographic proof (source)
- Megan Fox fired from Transformers 3, currently no explanation as to why but the rumor mill says because of friction between her and Michael Bay (source)
- "As a trilogy, it really ends," [Michael Bay] says. "It could be rebooted again, but I think it has a really killer ending." (source)
- Will be filmed with real 3D cameras, not post production converted (source)
- Prime has his G1 trailer, possible stunticons in movie (source)
- New video of fight between Patrick Dempsey and Shia LaBeouf indicates the "dark" character is an enemy to the Autobots. (source)
- Jolt the Chevy Volt does not return for TF3 (source)
- The Rollbar Jeep spotted near the set is not part of the movie. It was a fan attempt to get his vehicle in the movie. (source)
- Removed Ray Park, Tony Todd, Robert Paul Taylor and Kym Whitley from supporting cast list as their involvement was never officially confirmed.
- Official title confirmed as Transformers: The Dark of the Moon. (source)
- The 1960s Apollo Space Missions do play a part in the film's story. (source)
- 2/11 Bay finally confirmed the red fire truck is Sentinel Prime.
- 2/21 Between leaks at the New York Toy Fair and Daytona 500, 99% confidence that the names of the Wreckers are Roadbuster (green), Top Spin (blue), and LeadFoot (red).
- 2/21 Information from Nelson reveals that Skids & Mudflap (aka The Twins) were cut from the film by Michael Bay. (source)
- 5/5 Comic book adaptation reveals major story spoilers and character death (source)


  1. this is nothing new

  2. Who said it's anything new? It's a summary of all the info up till today.

  3. A fine summary of all the OFFICIAL information so far accumulated about TFilm3.

    But I wish there was word of new robots, I'm tired of hearing about the new humans...

  4. I hope all of the new actor additions are only for voice work. Last thing this franchise needs is more human characters

  5. All I know is Barricade better show his cowardly hide in this movie...

  6. I kinda like it that no new robots have really been named as of yet. Maybe they are saving them for a nice first trailer?

  7. i agrie with the guy above me......i mean come on why would they release information about the transformers so early?

  8. What about the rumoured vehicles to appear?

  9. @Evilgidgit

    Thanks for the reminder. I added Bumblebee's potential convertible mode (notes section) and the Autobot Ferrari (TF cast section).

  10. A source to the filming start. According to, it starts July 4th.

  11. prancing horse with autobot logo? COOL

  12. Bumblebee's Camaro mode verified, but with some modifications!

  13. You think Ramón Rodríguez isn't verified to appear. Check out this article. It was verified motnhs ago. Check the article.

  14. the only bad thing about this movie is there saying this is the last one. i think they should keep the franchise going. this is one of the franchises that could keep going. it gonna keep making money, different story lines, if michael bay doesnt want to continue with the franchise let him move on. there other directors out there.

  15. I really hope it's last one (of this saga of course). What new could be in this after revealed origins of the Cybertron civil war and that the Dynasty of Primes were first creations of the Allspark?

  16. I believe the Twins are not in film. They made the second film to get negative comments, but this time Bay won't make same mistake. Besides, when Jazz was rumored to return in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Bay sai:d 'Jazz is dead', and he stayed as dead.

  17. Ok, I was worng. But hey, why is Florida written still 'unverified' Wasn't that just verified when said that Space Coast will be one of shooting locations?

  18. Sure hope Sunstreaker and Prowl show up this time.

    Wouldn't mind seeing Thundercracker and Skywarp and Shockwave on the opposite side either.

  19. Wheel Jack and Prowl!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1


  20. Some predictions for this film... first the simple stuff, followed by more complex story filler.

    1. Cape Canaveral will be located 15 miles EAST of Miami.
    2. Chicago and Moscow will have the same time zone.
    3. Mikeala's lips will have triple enlargement.
    4. Sam will be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize at the age of 20 for saving the world (and the solar system) from destruction.
    5. A piece of the Matrix of Leadership (since it was destroyed with the Sun Harvester by Optimus Prime) will be found by Megatron, and he'll use it to bring the Fallen back to life.
    6. Hot Rod will defeat the Fallen, take the Matrix and become Rodimus Prime.
    7. Sam will discover a new interstellar object using a 6" Orion telescope while proposing to Mikaela in his parent's backyard.
    8. Unicron will swallow Saturn and Jupiter as his grand entrance, since those are gas planets anyway... you know, it's easier.
    9. Optimus Prime + Rodimus Prime + Sam will defeat Unicron.

  21. Aren't they going to put minicons in this film?
    And junkions?

    I've heard rumours and there's art for them:
    (only guessing about the mincons at 0:51)

  22. Who-ever-keeps-this-blog-alive, you verified in this article that Africa really is filming location. Though there wsn't told which country.

  23. Captain Lennox? In RotF he was major Lennox.

  24. Didn't Mark Ryan tell he'll be in this movie too, but just didn't tell which characters he'll be voicing this time?

  25. why have people been saying that ironhide & the twins are gonna be killed off in the beginning of the new movie? i dont see them as characters to be killed

  26. Matinus Prime7/12/2010 7:42 PM

    @anon 6/01/2010 11:03 AM: Are you serious?? No ff-ing minicons, noooooooooooo!!!
    That will ruin the movie for sure, minicons are stupidest things ever! Minicons wouldn't work in a film like this, a would be waste of time and money.

    @anon 6/15/2010 12:23 PM: Do you what a promotion is? This was somewhat verified a short time ago.

    @anon 6/16/2010 5:07 AM: Uhhh, didn't you read the article?

  27. I'm thinking that "Einstein" is the Mercedes, only due to the German License plate on the car.

  28. what happened to jolt? unless hes the blue mercedes or he hasnt been seen on set yet. and if he isnt in it they better explain why in the movie, something they didnt do for barricade.

  29. MILLERtalon said...

    THAT CHEVY TAHOE IS A 2010 MODEL THERE BUDDY. Not hard to tell.

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  31. @brandon..... HIGHLY unlikely that the dodge charger is barricade. Bay did say that the explanation of barricades dissapearence from the first movie was that optimus prime killed him after killing bonecrusher

  32. @anon.....Yeah they just confirmed that there will be no Rollbar In the movie! As It stands now the robot count so far Is 22 total :)


    Optimus Prime
    The Twins
    The Wrekers - 3 Nascars
    Ferrari 458 Italia-?
    Mercedez Benz E550-?
    Fire Truck-?


    Dodge Charger-?
    Chevy Tahoe-?
    Armored Truck-?

  33. My guess is that Decepticon Dodge Charger will be alot like the Rollbar Jeep. Just a random car with a faction badge attached to it, and not involved in the film.

    The Chevy Tahoe is in fact a Suburban, not only from the longer wheelbase but the nameplates I seen in the set pictures.

    Then we have that Mad Max style armored Mack tanker rig, faction unknown at this time though.

    Who knows if the alt forms spotted on set are attached to known characters so far. I am sure this sheet can get crazy at times like this.

  34. @Brandon,
    You may have to add a bunch of Decepticon drone`s to that list along with two decepticon assassins. Also rumors from the set apparently mention something big and huge in the sky in the final scene. Maybe Unicron or a Combiner?

  35. did they finish filming the movie? its been a few days and no updates.

  36. No, they didn't. They've been filming only in four cities: Gary, Los Angeles, Chicago and Milwaukee. There are still lot of locations. Detroit, Cape Canaveral, Washington and Moscow. Locations in Teaxs, Africa and China were also planned into this movie.

  37. By the way, the Decepticon Chevrolet truck isn't Tahoe, it's Suburban and there are two of them.

  38. i read on two articles that Chigcago filming will take 6 weeks and they'll be spending $20 million dollars there. the article mostly discussed whether the filming is worth it to get $6 million dollars in tax credit, which the state desperately needs

  39. Last time, could someone fix that William Lennox is major, not captain and change that Chevrolet Tahoe to Chevrolet Suburban and that there are two of them?

  40. Ребята кто знает когда Бэй В Москву едит?)

  41. Information about Hardcore Eddie character and film's budget is finally revealed:
    One spoiler for all of you: Transformers 3 will be the most expensive film ever.

  42. Filming in Florida takes only eight days.

  43. No idea how long Detroit filming takes, but after Washington filming is ready, they have still one week time after that. And eight days on Florida might be just before Washington. If Detroit takes only one week, there are still two weeks time for another locations. Well Texas, Africa, Moscow and China were only planned filming locations, some other locations could have replaced them.


    unknown - red Rosenbaurer Panther airline fire truck (existence verified, name unknown) = Inferno

  45. Hey blogkeeper, if you posted this, update this call sheet too.

    And Victor, Nelson said that the fire turck is not Inferno.

  46. Mark Ryan was confirmed to be a voice actor on this film, but not confirmed to be Bumblebee's voice.

  47. Besides, there were 4 Suburbans seen during filming. Not only two.

  48. Forget the cast & the cars; Where is the list of the Stunt Crew? Where is the Call Sheet of number 3??

  49. i think that the title leaked is the real one. 4 pieces of evidence: the title fits the rumored story, they're doing filming at KSC, the website that gets info from di Bonavera confirmed it, and the suffixes from Amazon match the title- like with TF2. does anyone think otherwise?

  50. Hey, if Johnson Space Centeris in Texas, why Texas is still unconfirmed? Someone should this page.

  51. I actually heard that Corey Burton is voicing Shockwave:

    He actually voiced the part of Shockwave and Megatron in Transformers: Animated the Cartoon Network series. Did a damn good job, too. :)



  52. It's just a rumor. Internet Movie Database isn't trusted source until the film is released.

  53. We have with us the possible Running Time of Transformers 3 1st Trailer. According to Alberta Film Classification, “Trailers, commercials and public service announcements (PSAs) are an integral part of the viewing experience at Alberta's movie theaters. Trailers, commercials and PSAs play before feature films; their classifications must be equal to or lower than the film they precede.”

    After that, they have revealed a list of upcoming film trailers with their ratings and running times. One of the trailers is Transformers: Dark Of The Moon.

    The trailer is rated PG and has a running time of 2:24.

    This is usually the length of a “#1 Trailer” rather than the Superbowl Trailer (which is usually 30 seconds or so). Since this is listed by a Theater, it is likely that the trailer will accompany a movie. No release date for the trailer is given though.


    Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon - Trailer!

  55. hi someone have any idea in how the erase mikaela and bring carly! (obiusly in transformers mito carly is destiny to merry spike and have a son daniel)

  56. Why is Starscream's appearance still marked unverified here?

  57. How Tom Kenny voice Skids, if Skids is not in film. Fix that thing too.

  58. DOTM game trailer revealed that Soundwave no longer transforms into Cybertronian satellite.

  59. Soundwave is now the Armored truck.

  60. The tires and the color of the body hints that it's not the Armored Truck. It's something else.

  61. And the orange toy truck isn't Wheelie. It's from Big Hoss from Speed Stars series:

  62. So, shouldn't those 'orange toy truck' and 'color change unverified' be removed?

  63. And why is Leonard Nimoy's being voice of Sentinel Prime too not written here?

  64. Last time. That orange truck seen wasn't Wheelie's new alternate mode. It's an Autobot named Big Hoss and the toy is not from DOTM toyline.

  65. Actor of Neil Armstrong is actually Don Jeanes.

  66. In comic Frances McDormand's character is called Mearing. IMDB says her first name being Charlotte.

  67. And the tentacle-beast is called Driller, not Dweller.

  68. I think Silverbolt should be taken out if he is not in the movie.

  69. And how many times this has to be said? Wheelie's alternate is same than in ROTF. That orange truck is Big Hoss from toy line.

  70. I'm really confused! I'm looking at the DOTM figures on Ebay and Soundwave still appears to be blue and not a car.

  71. bumblebee in alt mode should be camaro SS...special edition perhaps?

  72. Mark Ryan doesn't belong to the voice actor list.

  73. And besides, Silverbolt never appeared film.

  74. Hey so did anyone else see Mudflap and Skids in the TF3 movie? Wheres my money Bay.


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