Do you remember the old cartoon series Transformers (1984-1987) and the movie in 1986? Well, a remake of the hit movie is coming to the big screen next year with live action and CGI, brought to life by Steven Spielberg and Dreamworks.
Your turn to sit in the Casting Directors chair!
The live-action “Transformers” movie has been set to open nationwide on 07-04-07, it was jointly announced by DreamWorks Pictures, Hasbro, Inc. (NYSE: HAS), and Paramount Pictures. Although this post was triggered primarily by the movies announcement, we’re really interested in the voices, so let’s dive in. The director, Michael Bay, has revealed that the original voice actors who were instrumental to the success of the series are able to audition for their former roles.
Upon conducting a little research on the original Transformers cast, I found Susan Blu, who voiced Arcee in the series. Susan is a successful actor, director, casting director, author of “Word of Mouth”, and voice-over instructor. Susan teaches voice-over classes in Studio City, California. Another talent on the list of notable names in the voice-over field is Beau Weaver who now focuses on theatrical trailers and television campaigns for feature films. Beau also pursues narration work for documentaries, national commercials and animated cartoons.
Let’s fast forward to the 1990s. A new brand of Transformers came out, starring a new cast, building upon the immensely popular series from the 80s. Some of the familiar voices from those series are David Kaye who voiced Megatron, Ian James Corlett, and Richard Ian Cox. These voice actors, one would think, are also able to audition for the roles. If you could do the casting, who would be voice acting in the new Transformers movie?
P.S. Visit the Transformers at Hasbro’s site for fun activities and updated information about the movie.