Tribune Tower ravaged in 'Transformers' sequel -- again

When we last saw Tribune Tower in 2011’s “Transformers: Dark of the Moon,” there was a Decepticon ship crashing into the building’s steeple. Tribune Tower makes another appearance in the upcoming “Transformers: Age of Extinction" (1:39 mark), which takes place four years after Chicago was destroyed in the last film. And judging from the trailer released this week, Tribune Tower suffers a similar fate this time around.

(See, this is exactly why I rarely go into the office.)

The Michael Bay-directed action film shot in Chicago last summer, as well as in Austin, Detroit and Hong Kong. The two and a half minute trailer is heavier on Austin scenes than Chicago ones, mainly because it looks like that’s where the protagonist (played by Mark Wahlberg) lives. But you can see the silos in the Pilsen area (1:46) and plenty of shots of the Chicago skyline.

The trailer for “Age of Extinction” – the fourth film in the franchise -- reveals that mankind has turned on the Autobots they had teamed up with in the previous films. “After all we’ve done, humans are hunting us,” says Autobots leader Optimus Prime in the trailer. This explains the anti-Transformers propaganda that was hanging around the film set on the intersection of Columbus Drive and Monroe Street.

Coming to the Transformers’ rescue will be the Dinobots, which is what you get when you combine a dinosaur and robot. So in other words, they’re a combination of the two things kids love most in this world and will probably sell a ridiculous amount of toys this summer. You know, on top of the billion dollars the movie will likely make at the world wide box office. There’s a reason they keep making these things.

“Age of Extinction” co-stars Kelsey Grammer and Stanley Tucci and hits theaters June 27.

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