Michael Bay must have finally got over his fear of asking Leonard Nimoy to voice a role in his Transformers franchise. Three years after admitting to the public that he was too afraid to ask the veteran star to play a character in his second installment, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Entertainment Weekly reports he finally summoned up the nerve and a deal has been made.
Mr. Spock himself, Leonard Nimoy, has joined the film as the voice of Sentinel Prime, the predecessor of Optimus Prime whose wrecked body is seen in the teaser trailer, found crash-landed on the moon by the Apollo 11 astronauts in 1969. Later, after being brought to earth, he takes the disguise form of a fire engine in the movie’s massive, climactic battle through Chicago.
Nimoy, no novice to Transformers mythology after voicing Galvatron in the 1986 movie, will join his fellow stars Shia LaBeouf, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson, Kevin Dunn, Julie White, Frances McDormand, John Malkovich, John Turturro, Patrick Dempsey, Alan Tudyk, Ken Jeong and Kevin Dunn. Bay was once again behind the camera based on a screenplay by Ehren Kruger.
Transformers: Dark of the Moon will invade 3D/2D/IMAX theaters July 1, 2011.