Since the first couple of trailers that debuted in August, we’ve known that we’d be seeing Hot Rod in Transformers: The Last Knight. Thanks to Entertainment Weekly‘s summer movie preview, we have our first glimpse of the live-action Hot Rod. The article does go into his backstory and why he’s been low key the last four films.
Entertainment Weekly says that Hot Rod will be and ally of Sir Edmund Burton, play by Academy Award-winner Anthony Hopkins, and he’s been secretly serving as the protector of Laura Haddock‘s Viviane Wembly, while disguised as her father’s 1963 Citroën DS, for the better part of her life. “It’s a rickety old thing, but she can’t part with it because she adores it,” Haddock explains. “This car has actually been put there to watch her and feedback information to Anthony Hopkins’ character about what she’s up to and her life. So yeah, she gets kind of taken [by surprise] in a really funny, dramatic way by this Hot Rod.”
He’ll take on the form of a 2017 Lamborghini Centenario LP770-4 later in the film. Judd Nelson voiced Hot Rod & Rodimus Prime in the 1986 movie, but we don’t know who will be voicing him in the film, but Nelson would be a great choice.