TRANSFORMERS: AOE Autobot Voice Cast Revealed; John Goodman And Ken Watanabe Join

Paramount Pictures have announced today that Peter Cullen and Frank Welker will return for Transformers: Age of Extinction, while new additions to the sequel's voice over cast include John Goodman And Ken Watanabe. Which of the Autobots will be voicing? Hit the jump to find out!

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By Josh Wilding - 5/8/2014
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PETER CULLEN AND FRANK WELKER RETURN TO THE FRANCHISE

HOLLYWOOD, CA (May 8, 2014) – Director Michael Bay has tapped John Goodman and Ken Watanabe to voice two all new Autobots in his highly anticipated film “TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION,” the fourth film in the global blockbuster franchise from Paramount Pictures.

Goodman and Watanabe will join legendary voice actors Peter Cullen and Frank Welker.

Goodman will play Autobot Hound, Watanabe will play Drift, while Cullen reprises his role as the voice of Optimus Prime, and Welker takes on another new character, Galvatron.

“I am pleased to welcome two gifted and versatile actors, John Goodman and Ken Watanabe, to the world of Transformers,” said Bay. “And to reteam with Peter and Frank, who have brought Transformers characters alive from the beginning. I’ve been fortunate to work with some of the best voice talent in the business, and together we will introduce several exciting new robots to fans of the franchise around the world.”

Rounding out the voice-over cast are actors John DiMaggio, Mark Ryan, Robert Foxworth and Reno Wilson. DiMaggio and Ryan will take on the new characters Crosshairs and Lockdown respectively, while Foxworth reprises the role of Ratchet and Wilson returns as Brains.
Source: MichaelBay.com
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TheAbaryMan369 - 5/8/2014, 4:26 PM
John DiMaggio is an amazing voice actor. He can do so much.
batz11 - 5/8/2014, 4:29 PM
Nice, two exceptional actors...can't go wrong with them...
0megaDaGod - 5/8/2014, 4:31 PM
Ken Wattanabe is GOAT status in ANYTHING he's involved in
AlexanderLykins - 5/8/2014, 4:32 PM
Cool I guess.
TheAbaryMan369 - 5/8/2014, 4:33 PM
I'm also excited that Watanabe is going to be in this. He's spectacular.
McNyagano - 5/8/2014, 4:34 PM
Finally. Love Ken Wattanabe. Great actor all around. Can't wait for this flick!
AlexanderLykins - 5/8/2014, 4:34 PM
I mean, does it really matter? I'm only going for the action and even that looks too mindless for me.
MrCBM56 - 5/8/2014, 4:35 PM
Hell of a cast.
ATrueHero1987 - 5/8/2014, 4:36 PM
Cool. Ready for the new trailer
MrPrime - 5/8/2014, 4:39 PM
yuuuuuus. Frank Welker! Bay should have gone with him before. So happy e've got the G1 voices of prime ad megatron back but still disappointed Bay is still directing the franchise. I'm hoping the movie is good but it just looks like more of the same. They need to reboot the franchise with a different director IMO.
Asterisk - 5/8/2014, 4:45 PM
I would want Leonard Nimoy as Galvatron again. But oh wait...they already used him. Okay.

These movies are total garbage, even by action movie standards. Turn your brains on, people.
MyNameIsKhan - 5/8/2014, 4:46 PM
this just might work...
daftendirekt9 - 5/8/2014, 4:47 PM
Why couldn't they get Lance Henriksen to reprise his role as Lockdown, oh well. I wonder who they got to voice Grimlock, if he even talks in the film.
Steelers4190 - 5/8/2014, 4:48 PM
Ken Watanabe should be required to say "Let them fight" in every movie he is in lol
Inhuman - 5/8/2014, 4:49 PM
John Goodman has an amazing voice. Great casting
SuperCat - 5/8/2014, 4:54 PM
Never thought we'd finally get to see Galvatron in live-action. Too bad no Unicron :(
Curmudgeon - 5/8/2014, 4:57 PM
I can imagine Bay discussing casting:

"Let's get Watanabe to play Drift. Get it? Because he's Japanese! He's TOKYO DRIFT! Ha ha!"
pointman - 5/8/2014, 4:58 PM
I wish Marvel would get a hold of Ken. He would be a great asset to them.
genesis609 - 5/8/2014, 4:58 PM
whos doing me grimlock?
WakandaKing - 5/8/2014, 4:58 PM
wait, a good cast, Wantanabe joining...... suprised
MrCBM56 - 5/8/2014, 4:58 PM
@Supercat I don't know man. I'm almost positive he'll be referenced or teased in this film.
grif - 5/8/2014, 5:00 PM
let me guess. john goodman plays the fat ass autobot hound
Kyos - 5/8/2014, 5:02 PM
All the talent in these movies...
Enphlieuwince - 5/8/2014, 5:06 PM
grif Great guess!



Enphlieuwince - 5/8/2014, 5:07 PM
Goodman for Kingpin.
MrCBM56 - 5/8/2014, 5:09 PM
LMAO @grif!!
FastFlames - 5/8/2014, 5:14 PM
Sooooo amazing. *single tear*
grif - 5/8/2014, 5:15 PM
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Asterisk - 5/8/2014, 5:37 PM
Grif

That's the funniest [frick]ing thing I've ever seen.
HavocPrime - 5/8/2014, 5:47 PM
Trying to picture John Goodman's voice for Grimlock...
NeoBaggins - 5/8/2014, 5:49 PM
Nice. Very worthy voices indeed.
Liderc - 5/8/2014, 5:56 PM
I don't get Grif's picture.... anyone want to clue me in? I know it's from the trailer and I remember Egypt, just don't get the joke.
osideous - 5/8/2014, 6:16 PM
Frank Welker finally playing the lead decepticon. like hugo weaving but frank welker should have been megatron
Wildaniel - 5/8/2014, 6:17 PM
Time for a new trailer.
TheRationalNerd - 5/8/2014, 6:19 PM
Umm no one seems to notice this but...

FRANK WELKER aka the original Megatron is returning to voice the character?!?!?!?! And people are barely talking about it??? Lol
beane2099 - 5/8/2014, 6:55 PM
@TheBlackNerd

I did not know that. That's pretty cool.
BeyondTheGrave - 5/8/2014, 6:56 PM
Still no word on who's voicing Grimlock. I don't see Gregg Berger on the list and until I do I will have NO faith in this movie.
beane2099 - 5/8/2014, 6:59 PM
People are gonna ding me for this but that's ok. I always thought if they couldn't use Cullen that ... and hear me out on this ... John Goodman would do a good Optimus Prime. He can hit some really deep tones. But, of course that would be assuming they have him channel Welker and not do his own thing.

I will also say that if they used Gary Chalk's more intelligent and erudite sounding Megatron from Beast Wars I wouldn't mind in the slightest. Little known fact, Gary Chalk did the voice of Optimus Primal AND Megatron in that series. And he was the Russian general on Stargate SG1.
beane2099 - 5/8/2014, 7:18 PM
And I'm guessing Watanabe will be voicing Drift? And I agree with Grif, Goodman will be voicing the fat Autobot.
FlixMentallo21 - 5/8/2014, 7:46 PM
The robots in this had BETTER have more lines....

Also, WHY are they keeping 'Brains' from the previous movie? He did NOTHING for me. Wilson should be voicing a better bot, like if they introduced Swerve and based his character on the IDW version.

On another note, Goodman definitely has the right voice for the Hound in this film's mythos, and I think Ken Watanabe will do fine as Drift, though I think if they wanted to portray Drift as a younger Autobot, Jet Li would have a decent voice too.

Mark Ryan's a good constant through all these films, and as soon as I saw John DiMaggio's name, I assumed he was reprising the role of Leadfoot from Dark of the Moon, but now I wonder what his take on Crosshairs will be like.

Finally, wow--this is the first time since 1987 that Frank Welker is voicing Galvatron!
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