Back in June of 2011, Shia LaBeouf went on the record to say that his starring role in the third Transformers film would be his last for the franchise … he is OUT. At the time, it was assumed that the Transformers film franchise might get put away for a few years so that folks could get a bit of a rest from the over-the-top Michael Bay monstrosities. Then, a few months ago, Internet chatter started going around pushing for the casting of Marky Mark Wahlberg to take over as the star of a rebooted Transformers film franchise. I tried to ignore that chatter in the hopes that it might go away. Yeah, that didn’t work. Paramount Pictures is now officially confirming that Mark Wahlberg has been cast in the forthcoming fourth Transformers film.
After an exceptionally successful collaboration on the upcoming “Pain and Gain,” Michael Bay has cast Academy Award®-nominee Mark Wahlberg in the highly anticipated “TRANSFORMERS 4.” The film will hit theaters June 27th, 2014. “Mark is awesome. We had a blast working on “Pain and Gain” and I’m so fired up to be back working with him. An actor of his caliber is the perfect guy to re-invigorate the franchise and carry on the Transformers’ legacy,” said Bay. Bay will direct the next installment in the “TRANSFORMERS” series, which begins shooting next spring. From Paramount Pictures, a division of Viacom, Inc., in association with Hasbro, the film will be produced by Don Murphy & Tom DeSanto, Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Ian Bryce, and executive produced by Steven Spielberg, Bay, Brian Goldner and Mark Vahradian. Bay’s first “TRANSFORMERS” film was a box office sensation in 2007, opening at #1 and earning more than $700 million worldwide. His second installment “TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN” in 2009 grossed more than $830 million worldwide. In 2011, “TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON” was an even bigger hit worldwide, grossing more than a billion dollars to become the 5th highest grossing film of all time. To date, the franchise has earned more than $2.6 billion worldwide.
Sigh. I guess it was a bit too much to hope for that the Transformers film franchise would get a break for a few years. I love Transformers, so much. Those characters are an integral part of my childhood so they will always be very important to me. That said, I really do not like the way Michael Bay treats the characters I love so much. I was hoping the Transformers film franchise would get rebooted in about 10 years, with a different director … one who would treat the characters and stories a bit better. Sigh. I know I’m going to see Transformers 4 no matter who stars in it or who directs it but … man, I just don’t like Michael Bay’s aesthetic. Again, I say, sigh.