Leonard Nimoy has been confirmed for the voice cast of the forthcoming Transformers 3 film.
The Star Trek legend will appear in Michael Bay‘s third robot blockbuster, which is titled Dark Of The Moon.
Nimoy wil provide the voice for Sentinel Prime, the predecessor to Autobot leader Optimus Prime, seen in the teaser trailer.
After his wrecked body is found crash-landed on the moon by the Apollo 11 astronauts in 1969, he is brought back to Earth and takes the disguise of a fire engine.
This is not the first time Nimoy has appeared in the shape-shifting robot saga. He previously provided the voice to Galvatron in 1986’s animated Transformers: The Movie.
Nevertheless, Bay told Entertainment Weekly that he had been nervous about recruiting Nimoy. “I was too scared to ask him [to be in the new film],” he said. “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 honoured. I’m glad to be back!'”
Bay also reiterated his claim that the new film would improve on the second. “The robots have character in this movie,” he said. “Much more. You really understand their struggle, on both sides actually.”