Transformers: Age of Extinction Voice Actors Confirmed: John Goodman, Ken Watanabe, Frank Welker and More!

Transformers: Age of Extinction Voice Actors Confirmed: John Goodman, Ken Watanabe, Frank Welker and More!

Thursday, May 8th, 2014 7:52pm CDT

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Transformers: Age of Extinction director Michael Bay updated his website to confirm Age of Extinction's voice actors, new entries being John Goodman (Hound), Ken Watanabe (Drift), John DiMaggio (Crosshairs), Mark Ryan (Lockdown), Robert Foxworth (Ratchet), Reno Wilson (Brains), and fan-favorite and legend Frank Welker (Galvatron)!

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.

Credit(s): Michael Bay


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Re: Transformers: Age of Extinction Voice Actors Confirmed: John Goodman, Ken Watanabe, Frank Welker and More! (1572393)
Posted by The Thuggernaut on May 8th, 2014 @ 8:04pm CDT
YES! Hey, wouldn't this be the first time Frank Welker voices a character named Galvatron?
Re: Transformers: Age of Extinction Voice Actors Confirmed: John Goodman, Ken Watanabe, Frank Welker and More! (1572394)
Posted by Mindmaster on May 8th, 2014 @ 8:06pm CDT
The Thuggernaut wrote:YES! Hey, wouldn't this be the first time Frank Welker voices a character named Galvatron?


Nope! Welker was Galvatron in the third season of the original Generation One cartoon, while Leonard Nimoy played him in the original movie. ;)
Re: Transformers: Age of Extinction Voice Actors Confirmed: John Goodman, Ken Watanabe, Frank Welker and More! (1572395)
Posted by The Thuggernaut on May 8th, 2014 @ 8:11pm CDT
Mindmaster wrote:
The Thuggernaut wrote:YES! Hey, wouldn't this be the first time Frank Welker voices a character named Galvatron?


Nope! Welker was Galvatron in the third season of the original Generation One cartoon, while Leonard Nimoy played him in the original movie. ;)

I see, that would explain why he sounded so different in the movie and the third season, thanks! :D
Re: Transformers: Age of Extinction Voice Actors Confirmed: John Goodman, Ken Watanabe, Frank Welker and More! (1572398)
Posted by ILL-Star on May 8th, 2014 @ 8:18pm CDT
I think I may be more interested in hearing John Goodman voice Hound than I am Welker voicing Galvatron again. Of course I doubt Galvatron will sound like he did in G1. That would sound a bit awkward in a live action movie. My guess is that he'll either sound exactly like Megatron or close to him. Anyways, it's very nice to finally hear who's who.
Re: Transformers: Age of Extinction Voice Actors Confirmed: John Goodman, Ken Watanabe, Frank Welker and More! (1572399)
Posted by Economus Prime on May 8th, 2014 @ 8:29pm CDT
Sooooo.....Bumblebee's not going to have an actual voice.

Again. :BANG_HEAD:
Re: Transformers: Age of Extinction Voice Actors Confirmed: John Goodman, Ken Watanabe, Frank Welker and More! (1572402)
Posted by Megatron Wolf on May 8th, 2014 @ 8:50pm CDT
i guarantee galvatron has 3 lines & is on screen for 5 minutes then dies, every time bay does something the fans want its either done in a stupid way or last for a few minutes & thats it. But im interested to see (rather hear) how welker is going to portray this version of galvatron, will it be new or a rehash of somethings hes done before? Doubt itll be g1 galvatron probably close or spot on TFP megatron.
Re: Transformers: Age of Extinction Voice Actors Confirmed: John Goodman, Ken Watanabe, Frank Welker and More! (1572403)
Posted by Sabrblade on May 8th, 2014 @ 8:52pm CDT
If this hadn't come from Bay's site, I wouldn't have believed much of it. I mean, John Goodman and Ken Watanabe voicing in this movie sound more like pipe dreams than reality.
Re: Transformers: Age of Extinction Voice Actors Confirmed: John Goodman, Ken Watanabe, Frank Welker and More! (1572404)
Posted by Bounti76 on May 8th, 2014 @ 8:54pm CDT
Economus Prime wrote:Sooooo.....Bumblebee's not going to have an actual voice.

Again. :BANG_HEAD:


THIS. Though, while not a surprise by any means, the radio sound bites were a tired bit after the first movie.

I am a little surprised that Brains is back, but without Wheelie. Also glad to see that Ratchet is hopefully going to be in the movie for more than just the scene where he gets attacked and shot down by Attinger's people..

I'm sure the other actors will do fine. Maybe John DiMaggio will voice Leadfoot as well as Crosshairs? We all know Frank Welker's work, John Goodman and Ken Watanabe are both well-respected.

My only real concern is that no voice actors are listed for Stinger or the Dinobots- not even Grimlock. Does that mean they won't speak at all, or even transform? Ugh....only 49 days until we find out!
Re: Transformers: Age of Extinction Voice Actors Confirmed: John Goodman, Ken Watanabe, Frank Welker and More! (1572405)
Posted by SlyTF1 on May 8th, 2014 @ 9:04pm CDT
Hell YES!!!
Re: Transformers: Age of Extinction Voice Actors Confirmed: John Goodman, Ken Watanabe, Frank Welker and More! (1572406)
Posted by Sabrblade on May 8th, 2014 @ 9:09pm CDT
Uh oh. I just realized that Goodman's casting just adds more fuel to those who keep saying "Hound should have been named Bulkhead!!!" :-s
Re: Transformers: Age of Extinction Voice Actors Confirmed: John Goodman, Ken Watanabe, Frank Welker and More! (1572412)
Posted by Noideaforaname on May 8th, 2014 @ 9:29pm CDT
Great choices all around!

But the pessimist in me wonders if Frank's only going to do growls and roars with Galvatron...
(Hmm, would I prefer a G1-ish voice, or a deeper Dr. Claw-ish one?)
And I do wonder if I should be concerned about the lack of Dinobot VAs...
Re: Transformers: Age of Extinction Voice Actors Confirmed: John Goodman, Ken Watanabe, Frank Welker and More! (1572416)
Posted by Sabrblade on May 8th, 2014 @ 9:42pm CDT
Noideaforaname wrote:And I do wonder if I should be concerned about the lack of Dinobot VAs...
This might not be every voice role. Stinger, if he does speak, isn't listed either.
Re: Transformers: Age of Extinction Voice Actors Confirmed: John Goodman, Ken Watanabe, Frank Welker and More! (1572424)
Posted by Deadput on May 8th, 2014 @ 10:13pm CDT
Economus Prime wrote:Sooooo.....Bumblebee's not going to have an actual voice.

Again. :BANG_HEAD:



Hey guys this ain't everyone


they are only saying some voices for charcters we already know of (yes we knew Reno Wilson is in it he tweeted it with #Brains)



If Bee talks they are keeping it secret for now.
Re: Transformers: Age of Extinction Voice Actors Confirmed: John Goodman, Ken Watanabe, Frank Welker and More! (1572431)
Posted by RiddlerJ on May 8th, 2014 @ 10:27pm CDT
You want a toe? Hound can get you a toe, believe me. There are ways, Dude. You don't wanna know about it, believe me.
Hell, Hound can get you a toe by 3 o'clock this afternoon... with nail polish.


Sorry, but someone had to do it. :grin:
Re: Transformers: Age of Extinction Voice Actors Confirmed: John Goodman, Ken Watanabe, Frank Welker and More! (1572443)
Posted by skidflap on May 8th, 2014 @ 11:59pm CDT
Awesome that goodman is going to lend his pipes to hound. Kinda looks like him if you think about it.

Now will he smash a toad and tell optimus they can give you warts? :grin:
Re: Transformers: Age of Extinction Voice Actors Confirmed: John Goodman, Ken Watanabe, Frank Welker and More! (1572462)
Posted by Fires_Of_Inferno on May 9th, 2014 @ 2:59am CDT
John Goodman's voice coming out of a transformer is going to be AWESOME! XD

EDIT:

Though now I'll be sad if John Turturro's not going to be in this.
Re: Transformers: Age of Extinction Voice Actors Confirmed: John Goodman, Ken Watanabe, Frank Welker and More! (1572463)
Posted by Bluespindash97 on May 9th, 2014 @ 3:11am CDT
Hang on, why is brains listed? I'm pretty sure he's dead.
John Dimiggio should totally give Crosshairs his Bender/Jake the dog voice! Also I hope Frank gives Galvatron a new voice not his season 3 voice. Also no Lance Henriksen Lockdown. BOO!
Re: Transformers: Age of Extinction Voice Actors Confirmed: John Goodman, Ken Watanabe, Frank Welker and More! (1572467)
Posted by Bluespindash97 on May 9th, 2014 @ 3:14am CDT
Hang on, why is brains listed? I'm pretty sure he's dead.
John Dimiggio should totally give Crosshairs his Bender/Jake the dog voice! Also I hope Frank gives Galvatron a new voice not his season 3 voice. Also no Lance Henriksen Lockdown. BOO!
Re: Transformers: Age of Extinction Voice Actors Confirmed: John Goodman, Ken Watanabe, Frank Welker and More! (1572473)
Posted by dreadwing95 on May 9th, 2014 @ 5:11am CDT
really good casting choices. love john goodman and kentanabe and frank welker as galvatron is awesome as well. i really do hope gets some actual lines and not some noises and grunts
Re: Transformers: Age of Extinction Voice Actors Confirmed: John Goodman, Ken Watanabe, Frank Welker and More! (1572476)
Posted by Va'al on May 9th, 2014 @ 5:30am CDT
Colour me very impressed. :D

Mark Ryan is an interesting choice, as I can only see him as a non-serious character after Jetfire and his other in-the-flesh roles. I wonder how Lockdown turns out with him.

John Goodman and Ken Watanabe are wonderful news, as is Welker, but I just hope that they don't think to use Drift as a generic 'Asian' character, rather than Japanese. There is also still the Mandarin-only speaking character to be revealed (possibly the Stinger clones?) - I'm wary of what route they might go down, but for now really quite pleased!

Noideaforaname wrote:Great choices all around!

But the pessimist in me wonders if Frank's only going to do growls and roars with Galvatron...
(Hmm, would I prefer a G1-ish voice, or a deeper Dr. Claw-ish one?)
And I do wonder if I should be concerned about the lack of Dinobot VAs...


I wouldn't mind something closer to TF Prime's Megatron, myself.

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