Brad Pitt’s Fight Club character inspired one of the greatest Transformers after Optimus Prime

Brad Pitt’s Fight Club character inspired one of the greatest Transformers after Optimus Prime

Although it became a box office failure upon its release, Brad Pitt’s film Fight club has stood the test of time, becoming one of David Fincher’s most influential albums. However, its impact isn’t limited to viewers, as director Steven Caple Jr. also took inspiration from the 2023 film’s action thriller. Transformers: Rise of the Beasts.

For his reimagining of the popular IP, the director incorporated Pete Davidson into the feature, whose character was largely inspired by Pitt’s Tyler Durden.

Brad Pitt’s Tyler Durden influenced Pete Davidson’s Mirage

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Pete Davidson’s Mirage from Transformers: Rise of the Beasts (2023) | Paramount Pictures

After The last knightAfter Michael Bay’s disappointing box office collection, which led to Michael Bay’s departure, Steven Caple Jr. was recruited for the next main entry, and he had big shoes to fill. But instead of following in the footsteps of the Bay The last knight, Transformers: Rise of the Beasts served as a prequel to 2007’s Transformers and the standalone feature of 2018 Bumblebee.

With the story focusing on a younger Optimus Prime, the film also saw Pete Davidson take on the role of Mirage, the franchise’s new sidekick. For his character, Steven Caple Jr was inspired by Brad Pitt’s Tyler Durden, following the fluidity and unpredictable nature of his character.

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Brad Pitt as Tyler Durden in Fight Club | 20th century workshops

VFX supervisor Gary Brozenich revealed (IndieWire):

The first thing Steven referred me to was Tyler Durden’s character from “Fight Club.” A little schizophrenic. You never know what he’s going to say. He will probably say something inappropriate. But he’s a really nice guy. He’s the friend you want to have but don’t always want to have with you.

But as a result of Davidson’s improvisation, Mirage became even more unpredictable in the end result, making him much more unlike Tyler Durden.

A new autonomous transformers feature is in the works

While The Rise of the Beasts became the least profitable live-action Transformers film, it did not impact the studio’s plans to expand the intellectual property in the coming years. Besides the upcoming animated prequel, starring Chirs Hemsworth and a potential Transformers/GI Joe crossover film, another live-action Transformers the entry is currently in preparation.

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An image from Transformers: Rise of The Beasts | Paramount Pictures

Similar to Bumblebeeit will be a stand-alone entry, led by Blue beetle director Ángel Manuel Soto. But according to producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura, they are still waiting for the script to be finished.

We’re waiting for the script, that’s where we’re going. Thanks for asking. We don’t know yet, so we need to read a script. We don’t have one yet.

With many Transformers installments in the oven, it’s not a bad time to be a fan of the franchise, which could finally regain momentum in the years to come.

Transformers: Rise of the Beasts is available for streaming on Paramount Plus.