After months of speculation about which giant transforming robots may or may not appear in Michael Bay’s upcoming mega-sequel, Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen, Paramount Pictures has been kind enough to release a full list of the participating Autobots and Decepticons – and there’s a couple of surprises on there…

The Autobots are: gravelly leader Optimus Prime (like, duh!), weapons specialist Ironhide, medic Ratchet and Sam Witwicky’s bestest friend, Bumblebee, now a 2010 Chevy Camaro.

That quartet, of course, return from the first movie, but now they’re joined by reinforcements including turncoat Decepticon, and doddery old duffer, Jetfire; female Autobot Arcee (briefly glimpsed in the teaser trailer that launched a couple of months ago); Jolt, and Skids & Mudflap, two Autobots known as The Twins.

So, nine Autobots in total. Not bad, but they’ll need all the strength they can muster in the face of the overwhelming Decepticon onslaught. They are:

Returning characters Starscream (formerly second-in-command, now head honcho) and Scorponok; and new characters, Sideways, Ravage (the panther-like beastie glimpsed in the teaser trailer), Soundwave (now a satellite orbiting Earth), The Doctor, a tiny bastard that will torment Shia LaBeouf’s Sam Witwicky, Wheelie, Demolishor (the giant wheeled villain that we saw fighting Optimus in the teaser), and the seven – s-e-v-e-n – Constructicons that will form the massive Devastator. They are: Scavenger, Scrapper, Hightower (wasn’t he in the Police Academy movies?), Longhaul, Rampage, Overload and, erm, Mixmaster. Jazzy Jeff wasn’t available, apparently.

Then, last but not least, there’s The Fallen – the catalyst for the movie’s plot, the Lucifer of the Transformersverse. But we knew he’d be in it – he’s the title character, for God’s sake.

But the plot thickens: Megatron, the leader of the Decepticons, is not on the list. Given that he was last seen getting killed and dumped into the ocean, that shouldn’t be a surprise. But all along, the suspicion has been that Megatron will appear in the movie, and that his exclusion from the list is misdirection on Bay’s part. After all, Hugo Weaving has confirmed that he has recorded dialogue as the voice of Megatron, so… watch this space.

Also, ILM effects guru, Scott Farrar, hinted recently that there may be as many as 60 robots in the finished movie, which is way more than Paramount have revealed thus far..

Original Source: Empireonline