by: Sammy Mink
John Goodman and Ken Watanabe have both signed on to voice the autobots in TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION. The Paramount film will be directed by “Transformers” helmer Michael Bay and will star Mark Wahlberg and Stanley Tucci. Goodman will voice Autobot Hound, Watanabe will play Drift, Frank Welker is set to voice Galvatron and Peter Cullen will reprise his role as Optimus Prime.
Goodman is no stranger to voice acting, having co-starred in the “Monsters, Inc” film series with Billy Crystal. He has also lent his voice to “The Emperor’s New Groove,” “The Jungle Book 2,” and “Bee Movie.” He is currently filming “Alpha House” for Amazon and will appear in Paramount’s crime drama “The Gambler.” He will also voice Paul Bunyon in the animated comedy “Bunyan and Babe.”
Watanabe made a name for himself in Hollywood playing Saito in Christopher Nolan’s “Inception” but also appeared in “Batman Begins” and “Memoirs of a Geisha.” His upcoming projects include Warner Bros. remake “Godzilla,” Martin Scorsese’s “Silence” and the Gus Van Sant drama “Sea of Trees” with Matthew McConaughey.