Ron Perlman to Play Optimus Primal in Machinima’s Power of the Primes
We’re only clearing away the Bingo cards for the conclusion of Titans Return, and Machinima has announced the final chapter in the Prime Wars Trilogy, starring Ron Perlman and Mark Hamill! Samoa Joe and Gregg Berger join the cast and Judd Nelson and Wil Wheaton are confirmed to return.
Hollywood Reporter Hollywoodly reports that the Power of the Primes web series will launch later this year, featuring major players from the Power of the Primes toyline voiced by major players in the nerd culture scene, surpassing even Wil Wheaton’s star power in Titans Return.
Hamill is no stranger to the Transformers franchise, having voiced a guest role in the Transformers: Rescue Bots series in 2014. He actually makes his debut in the final episode of Transformers: Titans Return, released Tuesday on the streaming service go90. In it, he plays Megatronus, the first Decepticon, exiled from Cybertron after murdering one of the other original Thirteen Primes.
Megatronus will continue to play a large part in Power of the Primes, where he’ll be joined by Perlman, voicing Optimus Primal, as well as a number of new voice actors including Mikey Way, Jamie King, Gregg Berger — the voice of Grimlock from 1986’s Transformers: The Movie — and WWE’s Samoa Joe, who’ll take on the role of Predaking.
Other actors who’ll return for the final season of the animated series include Wil Wheaton, Judd Nelson and Kari Wahlgren.
We don’t know if the series will retain Titans Return’s 10-episode, 12-minute format, but we anticipate that the series will maintain its level of “sophisticated storytelling” and totally professional sound mixing, as well as a production-standard framerate. Discuss the hype in our Power of the Primes web series thread on the Allspark Forums, and thanks to our own Boomhauer for sharing this story with us!
Updates: Corrected an error relating to voice actress Kari Wahlgren’s role in the prior Prime Wars Trilogy series; added full cast list!
NEW TALENT FOR POWER OF THE PRIMES
- Ron Perlman (OPTIMUS PRIMAL) – Star of the original Hellboy franchise, Sons of Anarchy, Hand of God, and Adventure Time.
- Jamie King (SOLUS PRIME) – Star of Hart of Dixie and Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
- Gregg Berger (GRIMLOCK/VOLCANICUS) – The original voice of Grimlock from the 1986 film The Transformers: The Movie.
- Nuufolau Joel Seanoa (Samoa Joe) (PREDAKING) – Professional wrestler currently signed to WWE.
- Mikey Way (SNARL) – Musician best known as the bassist from the rock band My Chemical Romance.
- Mark Hamill (MEGATRONUS) – Star of the Star Wars franchise. Also known for his work as the The Joker in various animated Batman projects.
- Wil Wheaton (PERCEPTOR) – Star of The Big Bang Theory and Star Trek: The Next Generation.
- Judd Nelson (RODIMUS CRON) – Star of The Breakfast Club and St. Elmo’s Fire and the original voice of Hot Rod/Rodimus Prime from the 1986 animated film The Transformers: The Movie.
- Kari Wahlgren (VICTORION) – Well known voice over actress with credits including Rick and Morty, The Fairly Odd Parents, and Phineas and Ferb.
- Jason Marnocha (MEGATRON) – Actor from Bat In the Sun’s popular YouTube series Super Power Beat Down. Previously voiced the character of Megatron in COMBINER WARS and TITANS RETURN.
- Abby Trott (WINDBLADE) – Voice over actress with credits including video games Halo Wars 2 and Killer Instinct. Previously voiced the character of Windblade in COMBINER WARS and TITANS RETURN.
- Patrick Seitz (OVERLORD) – Voice over actor with credits including Call of Duty: WWII and World of Warcraft: Legion. Previously voiced the character of Devastator in COMBINER WARS and Overlord in TITANS RETURN.
- Rob Dyke (DEVASTATOR) – YouTube creator best known for his Seriously Strange series. Previously voiced the character of Devastator in TITANS RETURN.
- DashieGames (MENASOR) – Popular YouTube gamer with more than 6 million subscribers. Previously voiced the character of Menasor in COMBINER WARS and TITANS RETURN.
- MatPat (SWOOP) – YouTube influencer and creator of the web series Game Theorist, Film Theorist, GT Live and MatPat’s Game Lab. Previously voiced the character of Computron in TITANS RETURN.
- Frank Todaro (SLUDGE) – Voice over actor who previously voiced Starscream and Trypticon in COMBINER WARS and TITANS RETURN. Other credits include the video game franchise LittleBigPlanet.