FORT MILL, S.C. – August 8, 2016Western Star Truck Sales, Inc., is hitting the silver screen once again. Paramount Pictures’ upcoming “Transformers: The Last Knight” will feature the heroic Optimus Prime based off the new Western Star 5700XE truck model. A Western Star 4900EX wrecker will also be joining the cast as the Decepticon Onslaught. Directed by Michael Bay, “Transformers: The Last Knight” is the latest film in the global blockbuster franchise and is scheduled for release in June 2017.

“We’re excited and grateful for the opportunity to work with Michael Bay, Paramount and Hasbro again on the next installment of Transformers” said Andy Johnson, brand manager for Western Star. The response to the Optimus Prime trucks from our customers, dealers and employee, as well as from the general public, has been fantastic. We couldn’t have asked for a better opportunity to introduce the world to the all-new 5700XE. Developed specially for the Transformers film series, the Optimus Prime truck incorporates the distinctive styling found on the 5700XE. Western Star’s most aerodynamic truck, the 5700XE is tough and powerful, making it the natural choice to portray the leader of the heroic Autobots. Noted Johnson: Optimus Prime is, hands down, one of the coolest trucks we’ve ever built.

The 5700XE truck that appeared in the last installment of the Transformers franchise has since toured North America, making appearances at trade shows, customer events and charity functions.

“Transformers: The Last Knight” opens in theaters on June 23, 2017 in North America.

“Transformers: The Last Knight” is the latest film in director Michael Bay’s blockbuster franchise. Produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Tom DeSanto, Don Murphy and Ian Bryce. Based on Hasbro’s Transformers Action Figures. Directed by Michael Bay.

TRANSFORMERS and all related characters are trademarks of Hasbro.

Western Star Trucks Sales, Inc., headquartered in Fort Mill, S.C., produces tough custom trucks for highway and vocational applications. Western Star is a subsidiary of Daimler Trucks North America LLC. Daimler Trucks North America produces and markets Class 5-8 vehicles and is a Daimler company, the world’s leading commercial vehicle manufacturer.

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