EXCLUSIVE: Following her breakout role in the Oscar-winning Judas and the Black Messiah, Dominique Fishback has found her next role in one of Hollywood’s biggest franchises. Sources tell Deadline that Fishback is in final negotiations to co-star with Anthony Ramos in a Transformers movie for Paramount, eOne and Hasbro that has Steven Caple Jr. is directing. The film is bowing on June 24, 2022
Darnell Metayer and Josh Peters are writing based off a script by Joby Harold.
Last January, the studio made the decision to give the entire franchise a revamp by having two simultaneous scripts that are in active development: one by James Vanderbilt and one by Joby Harold. Harold’s film eventually would be chosen as the next installment in the franchise and after meeting with several directors this past fall, Caple was tapped to lead this new series and essentially putting this film in the position to be the next live-action Transformers pic to go into production.
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While Ramos seemed like the front-runner from the beginning, Paramount took their time meeting with a number actresses for the other lead role in the film. Ramos would also screen-test with a handful of women and in the end Fishback won over everyone involved on the project. The opportunity to work with Ramos comes full circle for the two who have been close friends for years after working together on a play all the way back in college.
Transformers has been one of Paramount’s biggest draws since the franchise was launched in 2007, grossing more than $4 billion worldwide over five films. Following the release of 2017’s Transformers: The Last Knight, director Michael Bay parted ways with the series to focus on new original material. After that, the studio decided to do a full revamp of the property, starting with a writers room that would develop multiple ways to pursue a new film, leading to 2018’s Bumblebee.
Skydance is co-financing and executive producing. New Republic Pictures are also co-financing partners.
Fishback is having quite the run which started with her BAFTA-nominated role as Deborah Johnson, the writer, activist and fiance Fred Hampton, the Chairman of the Illinois Chapter of the Black Panther Party. Her co-star, Daniel Kaluuya, was recently feted with an Oscar for his role as Hampton but many pundits and critics saw Fishback as breakout star of the film and Hollywood has taken notice. Besides Transformers, Fishback is also set to co-star with Samuel L. Jackson in the Apple series The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey, which shoots later this year. She is also starring in Subverted which she will also exec produce with Jamie Foxx and Datari Turner.
She was also recently seen opposite Foxx in Netflix’s Project Power. Fishback is repped by WME and Management 360.