Bay confirms 'awesome' Mark Wahlberg as lead for Transformers 4
Michael Bay and Mark Wahlberg hang out on the set of Pain and Gain (Courtesy of MichaelBay.com)
Though just last week, it seemed very unlikely that Michael Bay and Mark Wahlberg would be working together on the kinda-reboot of the Transformers franchise thanks to Bay shooting down the casting news as rumour, it looks like the outspoken and divisive director just needed a few extra days to make up his mind.
Taking to his website to make the announcement official, Bay shared the happy news that he would be again working with Wahlberg, who stars in his forthcoming comedy Pain and Gain: "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," he said in a statement on MichaelBay.com.
The fourth Transformers film will necessarily follow a different storyline since the first three starred the much-younger Shia LaBeouf as the human who befriends the Autobots and helps them battle the evil Decepticons, while wooing Megan Fox. Wahlberg is, of course, no stranger to action movies but we wonder what the chances are of, this time around, the alien shape-shifters teaming up with a tough-as-nails Southie cop with a temper to match? We'd pay to hear someone say Transfohmahs.
Wahlberg continues to keep us guessing with his choice or roles, jumping from labours of love like The Fighter to R-rated comedies like Ted, a legitimately funny copy movie like The Other Guys and the upcoming action drama Broken City.
To get a taste of how him and Bay bro down together on-screen, you can catch Pain and Gain this April before Transformers 4 (lengthy title descriptor to come) June 2014.