Reports have come in via Mashable that Liam Garrigan, the British actor who plays King Arthur in ABC's Once Upon a Time, is in talks to play the same role in the upcoming Transformers 5, Transformers: The Last Knight.
Aside from Once Upon a Time, you may also be familiar with the 34-year-old English actor for his roles in TV series Spotless, 24: Live Another Day and mini-series The Pillars of the Earth.
If word becomes official, Garrigan will join Mark Wahlberg, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson, Isabela Moner, Laura Haddock, Jerrod Carmichael and Sir Anthony Hopkins (yes, the movie actually has a real life knight starring in it!) in the film, as well as Santiago Cabrera who is set to play Merlin.
Michael Bay will once again return as director for Transformers 5, which looks set to at least include parts of the story of King Arthur legend, with King Arthur, Merlin and Excalibur. JoBlo reported back in June that the plot will allegedly center around Optimus Prime finding his home planet of Cybertron is now a dead planet, something he was inadvertently responsible for. However, Optimus Prime discovers he can revive the planet with the help of Excalibur, which he must return to Earth to find.
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While the concept might seem farfetched, it's actually not the first time Transformers has touched on the Arthurian legend. The first was during the second season of the TV series The Transformers in 1985, with an episode titled "A Decepticon Raider in King Arthur's Court."
The episode focused on the Transformers being transported back to 543 A.D, where the Decepticons agree to help out Sir Wigend du Blackthorne and his knights, while the Autobots fight on the side of Sir Aetheling and his men. After some help from a wizard named Beorht, the Autobots manage to triumph over the Decepticons, and later they are all lead back to the time portal to travel back to the present. The episode itself didn't draw much from the legend of King Arthur, except that there is a character called Princess Nimue (also known as the Lady of the Lake)
The Transformers franchise has so far brought in $3.7 billion worldwide, and is the 10th highest grossing movie franchise of all time. The fourth installment of the series, Transformers: Age of Extinction was particularly popular in the Chinese market, and quickly became the number one film in Chinese history (and title which now belongs to 2016 film The Mermaid). Following in the wake of the huge Chinese success of Warcraft, marrying Transformers sci-fi setting with fantasy could lead to an even bigger Chinese box office smash.
Despite the fact that Transformers 5 is yet to be released, there are plans for a Bumblebee spinoff in June 2018, as well as the sixth Transformers film in June 2019.
You can watch Transformers: The Last Knight when it hits cinemas on June 23, 2017.