Leonard Nimoy Coming Out of Retirement for 'Transformers 3' Role

March 31, 2011
Source: EW

Sentinel Prime / Leonard Nimoy

Almost a year ago we learned that the legendary Leonard Nimoy would be retiring from acting for good following his final appearance on Fox's sci-fi series "Fringe." However, it turns out the actor has just landed a role in Transformers: Dark of the Moon. Though he won't be appearing on camera, EW has learned that Nimoy will voice Sentinel Prime, the new Autobot who was unveiled earlier this month and predecessor of Optimus Prime whose wrecked body is seen on the moon in the spectacular teaser trailer. After being brought to Earth, Sentinel Prime takes the form of a fire engine during the insane battle that takes place in Chicago.

Interestingly enough, this isn't Nimoy's first foray into the Transformers universe. Previously he voiced Galvatron in the 1986 animated film Transformers: The Movie. In addition, apparently Michael Bay wanted to ask him to do a voice in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, but didn't know if he could afford to pay the actor enough. Bay says, "I was too scared to ask him. Plus, he’s married to Susan Bay, who’s a cousin of mine. So I had to be careful. I’ve met him at family functions. But he told me, ‘I would be honored. I’m glad to be back!’”

Hopefully his trademark voiced will be easily recognized when Transformers: Dark of the Moon hits theaters on July 1st this summer. Sound good?

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  • Phontsolo
    Leonard Nimoy has a great voice for a Transformer. Looking forward to his voice work more than the movie itself.
  • jah p
    So if he's doing this voice for sentinel, does this mean no Unicron?that would suck...
    • Haz
      Orson Wells was Unicron. Nimoy was Galvatron
  • Anonymous
    A complete waste of his time and talent.
    • Better than the shitty Star Trek movie
  • tir na nog
    Hopefully he will do Smaug in the Hobbit as well,superb actor/voice.
  • Spider
    Awesome!! Now, this gets my complete attention! Nimoy is a legend and his voice work will boost this flick's quality. ....and YES, "Star Trek" kicked ass!!! Looking forward to that sequel as well!
  • Anonymous
    He was great as Galvatron!
  • Lebowski
    It's all very well to cast as many superb actors as you want, but if at the end of the day they are reading from a Michael Bay script that is written in crayon, you can't expect too much from them.
  • Bettybmusing
    Spock " live long and prosper" seems like he living up to it.
  • Didn't take much to pull him out of retirement if he's willing to do something for Transformers 3.
  • Pushing his acting abilities to the miz-axx talking like a vocoder robot, must really be desperate for cash, maybe his pension isn't that good.




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