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