The First Lady of the Autobots is finally getting her due.
It has been announced that Arcee, the most prominent female Transformer, will make her first live- action appearance in the upcoming entry to the franchise, Transformers: Rise of the Beasts. The film is said to be adapting the “Beast Wars” storyline from the late 1990s animated series and is slated to introduce a slew of new characters, both human and robot. The film is currently in production and is slated for a June 2022 release.
Unlike 2018’s Bumblebee, which was a more intimate outing, Rise of the Beasts will be a “spectacle story,” on par with the previous set of Michael Bay-helmed films. The movie will take place in New York City, and feature up-and-coming star Dominique Fishback (Project Power, Judas and the Black Messiah) and Anthony Ramos (Broadway’s Hamilton, In the Heights) as the lead characters.
In addition to Arcee, the film will feature the debut of the Autobot Mirage and the beast-like Maximals, who are robots who can transform into animals as opposed to vehicles. The Maximals lineup will include Airazor (who can transform into a falcon), Rhinox (who can transform into a rhinoceros), and Oprimus Primal (the leader who can become a massive gorilla).
Arcee first appeared way back in 1986 as a recurring character in the animated film The Transformers: The Movie. She then became a prominent character in every iteration of the animated and comic book series that followed. She originally transformed into a pink convertible-style hover car, but recently she’s been depicted as transforming into a motorcycle. There were previous plans to introduce her in 2007’s Transformers film as part of the Autobot science team, but apparently there wasn’t enough time in the movie to explain the presence of a “female” in a robotic race. She was eventually replaced by the character Ironhide.