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The Transformers: The Last Knight trailers had all centered around Optimus Prime's brainwashing to the dark side so far. But an actual human is the centerpiece of the latest trailer, namely a new little orphaned girl named Izzy who befriends Mark Walhberg and the franchise's newest cuter robots in the latest fight for humanity.
Young actress Isabela Moner released the trailer on her own Facebook page before it spread to YouTube, and before it was attached to Beauty and the Beast in theaters this weekend. While the Transformers series isn't technically one for Beauty and the Beast's family demographic, this teaser paints a less violent and more human picture than usual.
As revealed in past set reports, Izzy was orphaned thanks to the battle of Chicago in Transformers: Dark of the Moon, yet she still has a robot companion in tiny blue Transformer Sqweeks. She even marches towards the Decepticons when they capture Sqweeks, and becomes the latest young girl that Wahlberg's Cade Yeager has to struggle to protect, only this one isn't his own daughter.
For some reason, Izzy seems to be addressing the camera directly when she takes back the term "fight like a girl." While such a message is fitting to play in front of Beauty and the Beast, it is also a far more empowering message for females than Michael Bay has ever bothered to make before. Given that pretty much all his movies are boy-centric and infamously objectify women, this kind of material is very new for him.
Yet Bay is continuing the growing trend of making rather young girls the center of action epics, a la Stranger Things' Eleven and Logan's X-23/Laura. Nonetheless, Izzy doesn't seem to be a violent, superpowered or genetically altered child, and speaks more words in this trailer alone than Laura and Eleven ever have.
In a way, this may be going back to the franchise's roots, since it all started with a young boy and his robot tale in the first Transformers. Now a young girl is taking Shia LaBeouf's place in such a subplot, although Wahlberg is still the human lead in this case.
Since Transformers: The Last Knight is mainly about the fall of Optimus, is the first film from the new Transformers writers room and might be Bay's last Transformers chapter, starting over and setting up a new paradigm for more sequels and spinoffs may be the name of the game here. Izzy and Sqweeks will help lead that new order when the rest of the movie comes to theaters on June 23.