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Leonard Nimoy, Star Trek’s perennial Spock, continues to remain un-retired with news today that he is returning to another sci-fri franchise. According EW, Nimoy will be lending his voice to this summer’s Transformers: Dark of the Moon. More details below.
Nimoy Prime returns to Transformers
According to Entertainment Weekly, Leonard Nimoy has joined the voice cast of Michael Bay’s Transformers: Dark of the Moon. Nimoy will be voicing Sentinel Prime, the predecessor of Optimus Prime whose wrecked body was found crash-landed on the moon in 1969 (as seen in the teaser trailer below). According to EW, Sentinal Prime will be brought back to Earth and will take the form of a fire engine "in the movie’s massive, climactic battle through Chicago."
Nimoy returning to Transformers to voice Sentinel Prime
This will not be Leonard Nimoy’s first time with a Transformers film. He provided the voice for Galvatron in the 1986 animated film The Transformers: The Movie. According to the report director Michael Bay considered bringing Nimoy on board for Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, but he was concerned he couldn’t afford the veteran actor. EW quotes Bay discussing Nimoy’s other connection to Transformers:
"I was too scared to ask him,” the director says. “Plus, he’s married to Susan Bay, who’s a cousin of mine. So I had to be careful. I’ve met him at family functions. But he told me, ‘I would be honored. I’m glad to be back!’”
The third Transformers film (and first without Star Trek scribes Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman) opens July 1. Here is the teaser trailer.