For the first time since 2018’s Bumblebee, the Transformers franchise has finally returned to theaters with Transformers: Rise of the Beasts. The latest adventure of the titular “robots in disguise” is part sequel to Bumblebee and part reboot of the Transformers franchise, definitively setting itself apart from the Michael Bay-directed saga. The new film also functions as a loose adaptation of the fan-favorite spin-off series, Beast Wars, showcasing the heroic Autobots meeting the futuristic Maximals for the first time on screen.
Led by Optimus Prime (Peter Cullen) and Optimus Primal (Ron Perlman), this team of robotic heroes once again must preserve their tepid alliance with the human race. That’s an alliance they’ll need in their biggest conflict yet, and that’s a literal statement as they’ll be battling the planet-sized Unicron (Colman Domingo). Caught up in all of this are two humans: street-wise racer Noah Diaz (Anthony Ramos) and ambitious young archaeologist Elena Wallace (Dominique Fishback). To find out if this next quest for the Cybertonion icons is streaming or in theaters, read below to find out where you can watch Transformers: Rise of the Beasts.
Editor’s Note: This piece was updated on September 20, 2023
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Is ‘Transformers: Rise of the Beasts’ on Paramount+?
As of July 25, 2023, Transformers: Rise of the Beasts is now available to stream on Paramount+.
Given that the Transformers franchise rights currently belong to Paramount Pictures, it makes sense that the film is streaming on Paramount+. While not every film from the franchise is currently available on the service, it’s hard to imagine that Paramount wouldn’t put a big recent release like this onto their own service. Recent Paramount releases such as Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves, Scream VI, and 80 for Brady also landed on the streaming service after their theatrical runs, and Transformers: Rise of the Beasts is no different.
Is ‘Transformers: Rise of the Beasts’ Available On-Demand?
Transformers: Rise of the Beasts is now available to rent and purchase on-demand. You can use the links below to find the action blockbuster on the platform of your choice.
Is ‘Transformers: Rise of the Beasts’ Still in Theaters?
Unfortunately, it looks like Transformers: Rise of the Beasts is not playing in movie theaters anymore. But at least with all the other options available, you can still catch the film from the comfort of your home.
When Did ‘Transformers: Rise of the Beasts’ Come Out?
Transformers: Rise of the Beasts hit theaters on Friday, June 9, 2023. Additionally, Collider hosted a free early screening of Transformers: Rise of the Beasts on June 7 at 6 p.m., in Los Angeles. The event also included a Q&A session with Peter Cullen, the voice of Optimus Prime, and you can learn more about the screening here.
When Will ‘Transformers: Rise of the Beasts’ Be Released on DVD and Blu-ray?
Transformers: Rise of the Beasts will be arriving on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD on October 10. The film will include over an hour of bonus features including several behind-the-scenes featurettes that delve into the making of some of the film’s big action setpieces. The home media release also comes with a number of deleted scenes, including the movie’s original opening which features Optimus Prime battling it out with a Decepticon bus. There will also be a featurette spotlighting the Transformers characters new and old who are featured in the movie, a look at how the team crafted the film’s 1990s setting, and more.
Watch the Trailers for ‘Transformers: Rise of the Beasts’
The first trailer for Transformers: Rise of the Beasts debuted on December 1, 2022, and begins with something that will make fans of the franchise very happy. One of the first things the trailer shows is a meeting between Optimus Prime and Optimus Primal, which has never officially happened in the franchise’s history. The trailer then continues to showcase some other members of the film’s Autobots lineup, including the silent Bumblebee, the athletic Arcee (Liza Koshy), and the tricky Mirage (Pete Davidson). The trailer concludes with slight teases of the film’s variety of locations, the mysterious new threat the heroes are facing, and even some shots of the Maximals’ transformations.
The second trailer for Transformers: Rise of the Beasts, released on April 27, 2023, takes things a step further by revealing a massive antagonist from Transformers lore. While we knew the Autobots and Maximals would be facing off against the villain called Scourge (Peter Dinklage), that enemy pales in comparison to Unicron – a planet-sized Transformer who is intent on devouring all life in the galaxy. Though the threat of Unicron is certainly terrifying, it’s also one that the Autobots, the Maximals, and their human allies are willing to face head-on.
Are the Previous Live-Action ‘Transformers’ Movies Available to Stream Online?
Since Transformers: Rise of the Beasts is a soft reboot, the only movie that would be considered essential viewing is Bumblebee. The spin-off about the mute Camero saw Bumblebee come to Earth in the 1980s, where he formed a close bond with a young human woman named Charlie (Hailee Steinfeld). Bumblebee is currently available to stream on Paramount+.
However, while they’re not considered canon anymore, fans may also wish to revisit the Michael Bay-directed films. The original trilogy followed the exploits of a young teenager named Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf), another human who formed a friendship with Bumblebee and assisted his fellow Autobots in defeating the sinister Decepticons. Those events took place over the course of Transformers (2007), Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009), and Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011). The saga would continue with a new protagonist, an aspiring inventor named Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg), in Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014) and Transformers: The Last Knight (2017). Unfortunately, not all of these films are available to stream on Paramount+, but they are still available on different services. Here are the links to watch each of those movies: