Paramount has revealed that Hot Rod will be introduced in Transformers: The Last Knight.
The official Tranformers social media accounts posted the robot-mode of Hot Rod.
"Tough, tenacious, and all tricked out. Say hello to Hot Rod," the post states.
Hot Rod was first introduced in the 1986 Transformers: The Animated Movie, which saw Hot Rod become Rodimus Prime, the new leader of the Autobots, when Optimus Prime fell in battle fighting Megatron. Interestingly enough, the animated movie also introduced
Galvatron Unicron, who has been rumored for the fifth Transformers movie.
It's also rumored that Optimus Prime goes off planet (Earth) for quite some time in search of whatever it is he's looking for. Perhaps Hot Rod becomes the new leader of the Autobots in Optimus Prime's absence?
Transformers: The Last Knight has a June 23, 2017 release directed by Michael Bay starring Mark Wahlberg, Josh Duhamel, Stephen Merchant, Isabela Moner, Jean Dujardin, Jerrod Carmichael, Allen Phoenix, with Peter Cullen returning as the voice of Optimus Prime.