John Goodman and Ken Watanabe to Voice Autobots in Transformers: Age of Extinction Posted by Jeffrey Harris on 05.08.2014
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Per Michael Bay's official website, the director announced that John Goodman and Ken Watanabe have joined the cast of Transformers: Age of Extinction to voice two Autobot characters for the film. Goodman will be the voicing classic G1 Autobot character Hound, and Watanabe will voice Drift.
Goodman joins returning veteran voice actors Peter Cullen and Frank Welker as Transformer characters. Cullen returns to voice Optimus Prime, and Welker will be voicing Galvatron. You might recall that Welker also voiced Galvatron, the resurrected form of Megatron, in the original 1984 Transformers animated series, after Leonard Nimoy voiced Galvatron in the film. Welker was also the original voice of Megatron and also returned to voice the character in Transformers: Prime. It's unknown if Galvatron in this film will share a similar connection to Megatron, though.
Bay commented on the voice casting: "I am pleased to welcome two gifted and versatile actors, John Goodman and Ken Watanabe, to the world of Transformers. 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."
Also part of the voiceover cast are John DiMaggio, Mark Ryan, Robert Foxworth and Reno Wilson. DiMaggio joins the cast as Crosshairs, and Ryan will be voicing Lockdown. Foxworth will be reprising his role as Ratchet, and Wilson will return as the voice of Brains.