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Transformers star Anthony Ramos to become "first Puerto Rican superhero"

·3 min read

Hamilton breakout star Anthony Ramos has opened up about his desire to become the "first Puerto Rican superhero" with his role in the upcoming Transformers movie.

The actor landed the lead in one of two upcoming Transformers projects, alongside Judas and the Black Messiah star Dominique Fishback.

He recently spoke to Collider about his process of deciding to take on the role and what he wants to take out of this performance so different from what he has been known for so far.

"I think for me, I have a conversation with myself before I say yes to anything, and I take a long time to decide to do things, especially in my work, because it's been so hard for me, especially being Puerto Rican and from the hood.

Photo credit: Rodin Eckenroth - Getty Images
Photo credit: Rodin Eckenroth - Getty Images

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"I already had all the things going against me, right? So it's like, now I say to myself, 'How can I continue to not only prove to the world, but prove to myself, hey, you can do that? You can also do that. And you can do that. And you can do that.' And continue to challenge myself, and just continue to challenge myself. So I think that's really the biggest goal for me right now.

"Now to be able to do a movie like this, and to lead a franchise, that's a blessing," he added.

"It's funny, I kept saying to my agents, I said, 'Yo, I want to be the first Latino superhero.' I kept saying this to them. I kept telling them, I kept telling them, like, 'Yo, I want to be the first Puerto Rican superhero.' And for years I've been saying it. And it's just a blessing that now I get to be in a film where I'll be able to do that."

Photo credit: Theo Wargo - Getty Images
Photo credit: Theo Wargo - Getty Images

Related: New Transformers movie adds Judas and the Black Messiah star in lead role

Ramos is also set to star in the upcoming sci-fi film Distant, directed by Will Speck and Josh Gordon, as well as partnering up again with Lin-Manuel Miranda for the screen adaptation of the musical In the Heights.

Grown-ish's Steven Caple Jr will direct the still-untitled Transformers project, currently scheduled for release on June 24, 2022.

The script is being written by Darnell Metayer and Josh Peters, based on an earlier script by Joby Harold.

A second Transformers film is in the work with Charm City Kings' Angel Manuel Soto is set to direct, but no further details are known at the time of writing.

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