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Mark Hamill, Ron Perlman lead Transformers: Power of the Primes series

The final part of Machinima’s Transformers Prime Wars series is about to get some star power. Mark Hamil, Ron Perlman and Nuufolau Joel Seanoa (better known under his wrestling name of Samoa Joe) are joining the cast of Transformers: Power of the Primes, the final part of the trilogy. The Tatsunoko animated CG series will see Eric S. Calderon and F.J. DeSanto return as showrunners, as is writer Adam Beechen and director Yuzo Sato.

Here’s the entire cast list:

New characters:

  • Ron Perlman as Optimus Primal
  • Jaime King as Solus Prime
  • Gregg Berger as Grimlock and Volcanius
  • Nuufolau Joel Seanoa (Samoa Joe) as Predaking
  • Mikey Way as Snarl

Returning characters:

  • Mark Hamill as Megatronus
  • Wil Wheaton as Perceptor
  • Judd Nelson as Rodimus Cron
  • Kari Wahlgren as Victorio
  • Jason Marnocha as Megatron
  • Abby Trott as Windblade
  • Patrick Seitz as Overload
  • Rob Dyke as Devastator
  • DashieGames as Menasor
  • MatPat as Swoop
  • Frank Todaro as Sludge

Luke Skywalker and Hellboy need no introduction, but in case you’re not familiar with the rest of the new cast, Jaime King was in Hart of Dixie and Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Gregg Berger is the original voice of Grimlock, having played the character when he debuted in the 1986 Transformers film. Nuufolau Joel Seanoa is a WWE star. Mikey Way was the bassist behind My Chemical Romance.

You might have noticed that Hamil is listed in the returning character section. Well, that’s because Megatronus (who’s in our banner) actually debuted in the final episode of Transformers: Titans Return, the second season. That episode debuted on January 9th and can be viewed on go90 in the United States and on Tumblr internationally.

Transformers: Power of the Primes is scheduled to launch sometime later this year, possibly as early as the spring.

Fan reaction to the casting decisions has largely been positive, though there’s some disappointment that the crew didn’t have Garry Chalk reprise the voice of Optimus Primal. He brought the character to life in Beast Wars and Beast Machines, before later playing Optimus Prime in various English-language Transformers anime dubs. Unfortunately, this is likely due to geography. The Transformers Prime Wars trilogy was recorded by Bang Zoom Entertainment in Los Angeles, California. Garry Chalk lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. While the first season of the trilogy was produced non-union, the following two were done under SAG-AFTRA. Being Canadian, Chalk would fall under the ACTRA union. The two unions have a number of partnerships and it could have been possible to get him back. It just seems the logistics of having Chalk fly to Los Angeles or book time at a local studio was just beyond what the crew were willing to do.

What do you think? Are you enjoying the Transformers: Prime Wars and are amped up for Power of the Primes? Would you liked to have heard Garry Chalk back as Primal? Leave a comment down below!


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