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Leonard Nimoy Joins Voice Cast Of Transformers: Dark Of The Moon

In a bit of inspired casting, Leonard Nimoy will lend his distinctive voice to the role of Sentinel Prime, predecessor of Optimus Prime, in Transformers: Dark of the Moon. He’s the Cybertronian whose wrecked body is discovered on the moon by Apollo 11 astronauts in the terrific teaser trailer that debuted back in December (you can watch it again below).

Director Michael Bay tells Entertainment Weekly that he’d actually considered approaching Nimoy for the second Transformers film, but wasn’t sure he could pay enough. “I was too scared to ask him,” he 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 veteran actor, who of course is best known for his portrayal of Spock in the Star Trek television and movie franchises, is no stranger to The Transformers — he provided the voice of Galvatron in 1986’s The Transformers: The Movie.

Starring Shia LaBeouf, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson, John Malkovich and John Turturro, Transformers: Dark of the Moon opens in 3D on July 1.

The Autobots Bumblebee, Ratchet, Ironhide and Sideswipe led by Optimus Prime, are back in action, taking on the evil Decepticons, who are determined to avenge their defeat in 2009′s Transformers Revenge of the Fallen. In this new movie, the Autobots and Decepticons become involved in a perilous space race between the U.S. and Russia, and once again human Sam Witwicky has to come to the aid of his robot friends. There’s new characters too, including a new villain in the form of Shockwave, a longtime Transformers character who rules Cybertron while the Autobots and Decepticons battle it out on Earth.

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Comments

  • G.

    Whoooooooooooo!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QKN5MHOI6VUFOYCTV5REK7M7A4 Jacob

    Waiit…. Nimoy retired… Why did William Bell have to die if he’s not actually retired?

  • Erikgalston

    voice acting is a little different then actual acting..

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QKN5MHOI6VUFOYCTV5REK7M7A4 Jacob

    Depends on the actor. Ask anybody who has worked with Hamill, and they’ll tell you how physical he is. And still, retired from acting is retired from acting. (also, how is voice acting not “actual acting”?)

  • RunnerX13

    Nimoy’s like the Rolling Stones of Hollywood, when it comes to retiring.

  • Big_h

    I wish some one would re-edit the Transformer movies and cut out all the toilet humor/racist characters/childish cussing. Because as they stand it’s very love/hate for me. The action is great but all the extra stuff throw in to make it kid friendly is annoying.

  • Serena8082009

    quick question who is fighting and which side is the good side i am confuse right now

  • Harry

    iv herd that the dinobots are going to be on transformers3 the dark moon. awsome.