‘Transformers: Age of Extinction’ trailer: Mark Wahlberg meets Optimus Prime

May 15, 2014 | 7:56 a.m.
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Mark Wahlberg, left, Nicola Peltz and Jack Reynor on the set of "Transformers: Age of Extinction." (Andrew Cooper / Paramount Pictures)

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Grimlock and Optimus Prime in a scene from "Transformers: Age of Extinction." (Industrial Light & Magic / Paramount Pictures)

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Director Michael Bay, left, discusses a scene with Mark Wahlberg, who plays Cade Yeager, on the Detroit set of "Transformers: Age of Extinction." (Paramount Pictures)

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"Transformers: Age of Extinction" director Michael Bay demonstrates a scene with Nicola Peltz, who plays Tessa Yeager. (Paramount Pictures)

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Director Michael Bay, second from right, and others work on the set of "Transformers: Age of Extinction."

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Mark Wahlberg in a poster for "Transformers: Age of Extinction." (Paramount Pictures)

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Nicola Peltz as Tessa Yeager in a poster for "Transformers: Age of Extinction." (Paramount Pictures)

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Jack Reynor as Shane in a poster for "Transformers: Age of Extinction." (Paramount Pictures)

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Optimus Prime gets a fancy new makeover for "Transformers: Age of Extinction," courtesy of Western Star. (Andrew Cooper / Paramount)

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Meet one of the newest members of the "Transformers: Age of Extinction" cast: A special race-inspired C7 Corvette Stingray, based on Chevrolet's upcoming 2014 production car. (Andrew Cooper / Paramount)

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Meet one of the newest members of the "Transformers: Age of Extinction" cast: A 1,200-horsepower Bugatti Grand Sport Vitesse worth more than $2.4 million. (Andrew Cooper / Paramount)

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Meet one of the newest members of the "Transformers: Age of Extinction" cast: Bumblebee, a 2014 Concept Camaro. (Paramount Pictures)

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Bumblebee is reimagined in the form of a highly modified, vintage 1967 Camaro. (Andrew Cooper / Paramount Pictures)

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Meet one of the newest members of the "Transformers: Age of Extinction" cast: The 2013 Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 Coupe. (Paramount Pictures)

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Meet one of the newest members of the "Transformers: Age of Extinction" cast: This fierce, 2013 blood red Pagani Huayra, is named after an ancient Andean god of wind. (Paramount Pictures)

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Meet one of the newest members of the "Transformers: Age of Extinction" cast: The imposing 2014 Argosy cab-over truck by Freightliner, from Daimler Trucks North America. (Paramount Pictures)

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Meet one of the newest members of the "Transformers: Age of Extinction" cast: The Ultimate Sonic RS. (Paramount Pictures)

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Meet one of the newest members of the "Transformers: Age of Extinction" cast: The rugged and reliable Hound, one of the Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles from Oshkosh Defense. (Andrew Cooper / Paramount Pictures)

The new trailer for “Transformers: Age of Extinction” has debuted with all the explosive action and imagery fans have come to expect from popcorn entertainment master Michael Bay.

Written by Ehren Kruger and directed by Bay, the new film sees Mark Wahlberg, playing a mechanic named Cade Yeagar, join the series about warring tribes of alien robots with a propensity for causing massive destruction here on planet Earth.

“Age of Extinction,” which hits theaters June 27, arrives as a kind of reboot for the franchise, which has grossed $2.7 billion worldwide, and is the first entry in an intended new trilogy of “Transformers” films. Wahlberg takes over as protagonist from Shia LaBeouf, who departed as the series’ primary human foil, Sam Witwicky, after “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” in 2011.

Never mind that Wahlberg — as a down-on-his-luck auto mechanic who discovers a dilapidated truck that turns out to be none other than Optimus Prime, the leader of the good-guy Transformers, the Autobots — prefers to consider the movie on its own merits rather than as fitting into a global juggernaut (which also encompasses a cartoon series, Happy Meal toys and amusement park rides).

“Some people think of this as a sequel,” he said. “We thought of it more as a stand-alone thing. I’ve never done a sequel.”

The scope of the imagery in the clip suggests that Bay might be looking to outdo himself with the fourth installment in the franchise.

Check it out the new trailer below.

In a 2012 interview with Hero Complex, Bay talked openly about his plans for a fourth “Transformers” movie, saying at the time that it “absolutely” will be his last.

“Here’s the thing,” Bay said at the time. “It’s tough to find someone who’s done these kind of movies, and to have the complication of creating the new stuff that needs to be in this movie — not just characters but a new type of action, I hope — and that’s a lot for someone new to bite off. And so after this one I will leave it in the best hands possible. That’s the plan.”

Are you excited to see Bay’s latest action opera? What do you think of the new “Age of Extinction” trailer? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

– Gina McIntyre and Chris Lee

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2 Responses to ‘Transformers: Age of Extinction’ trailer: Mark Wahlberg meets Optimus Prime

  1. Rebecca Smith says:

    I absolutely cannot WAIT for this Transformers: Age of Extinction. The trailer showed such great special effects and made me feel like I was actually in there with them fighting the dark side. Mark Wahlberg was a spectacular choice for this film and Bay knows what the hell he is doing to create entertainment along with complete film satisfaction. I give this film a 10 Thumbs Up (even though I only have 2)

  2. Nathan says:

    Hmm Dinobots and the beast perhaps

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