I don’t know if you’ve ever heard of Leonard Nimoy, but he’s a veteran actor that has been around the scene for quite a while. I’m told he’s famous for playing something called A Spock in one of the Star Wars movies, but personally I can only place him as being the guy who played Paul McGuire on a 1983 episode of T.J. Hooker. Anyways, fans of all things science fiction have been given reason to rejoice as Inside Movies is reporting that Nimoy has signed on to voice the character of Sentinel Prime in Michael Bay’s third film in his Transformers series. Sentinel Prime is the robot that led the Autobots before Optimus Prime, and whose wreckage we saw astronauts exploring in the film’s stylish teaser trailer. Neat.
No matter what you feel about Michael Bay or his movies, if you grew up watching Nimoy and playing with Transformer action figures, then this has to give you at least some sort of nostalgic tingle in your geek heart. Huge Transformers fans probably already know that Nimoy voiced Galvatron in the 1986 animated Transformers: The Movie, so the nostalgia thing is working on multiple levels here. When talking about why it has taken until the third movie to get Nimoy on board this franchise, Michael Bay was quoted as saying, “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!’” I can understand Bay’s fear. I myself would do everything I could to avoid pissing Nimoy off and having some sort of Jedi mind trick played on me.