‘Transformers’: Michael Bay recruits Mark Wahlberg to save humanity

Nov. 08, 2012 | 6:45 p.m.
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“Transformers” director Michael Bay, left, and actor Mark Wahlberg. (DreamWorks; Los Angeles Times)

Mark Walhberg, the Oscar-nominated actor recently feted for performances in “The Fighter” and “The Departed,” is getting back in the action movie game: Filmmaker Michael Bay announced Thursday that the actor will star in his upcoming fourth installment in the blockbuster “Transformers” franchise.

It’s an interesting pivot for the actor, coming off a busy year that most recently saw him star opposite a foul-mouthed teddy bear in Seth MacFarlane’s raunchy R-rated comedy, “Ted.” Instead of a debauched stuffed animal, he’ll be facing off against some out-of-this-world metal mammoths.

Writing on his blog, Bay said that he’d had such a great time working with Wahlberg on the film “Pain & Gain,” about a pair of bodybuilders who run afoul of the law, that he was excited to reunite with the Massachusetts native. “Mark is awesome,” Bay wrote. “An actor of his caliber is the perfect guy to re-invigorate the franchise and carry on the ‘Transformers’ legacy.”

In an interview with The Times earlier this year, Bay talked openly about his plans for a fourth “Transformers” movie, saying at the time that it “absolutely” will be his last.

“Here’s the thing,” Bay said at the time. “It’s tough to find someone who’s done these kind of movies, and to have the complication of creating the new stuff that needs to be in this movie — not just characters but a new type of action, I hope — and that’s a lot for someone new to bite off. And so after this one I will leave it in the best hands possible. That’s the plan.”

The filmmaker also hinted that the story might move into the future somewhat and the story line might involve a trip off Earth. He also in an earlier interview mentioned that there would be some redesign of the robots, though he took pains to make clear that despite a new cast, the upcoming movie should not be characterized as a reboot.

“We’re taking the story that you’ve seen — the story we’ve told in three movies already — and we’re taking it in a new direction,” Bay told The Times in June.

The “Transformers” film will hit theaters June 27, 2014.

— Gina McIntyre

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6 Responses to ‘Transformers’: Michael Bay recruits Mark Wahlberg to save humanity

  1. linda says:

    that is excellent love the cartoon love the movies love mark wahlberg had a hard time relating to the british actress that replaced megan fox she was week and needy where megan was strong and excellent hope you change the brit girl to a strong character mark is perfect for a more mature strong male lead please do not change bumble bee or optimus prime would be nice to keep john toturro and steve buscemi characters to can not wait for the next one love to all

  2. Megan says:

    I think that replacing Shia LaBeouf for Transformers is a really bad idea. The first three movies were fantastic. Replacing him is just dumb. It was perfect the way it was. Why change something that doesn't need to be messed with.

    • John W. says:

      How about because Shia doesn't want to do another Transformer movie, as he has stated in numerous interviews? Besides, it is universally regarded in the industry that doing all of these toy movies has pretty much crushed his credibility as a serious actor in the industry.

      And this is a series about a bunch of Gee Whiz robots, where the human actors are all pretty much window dressing. So, how can this possibly hurt this franchise? Especially when the guy they got to replace the star is a far bigger star than the original will ever hope to be.

      Wait. Did you say the "first three movies were fantastic"!?! "Fantastic"? "Perfec"t? Wow.

    • James Picard says:

      Really? This? This is perfect? Megan, go watch Beast Wars. Please. Or at least Transformers Animated. Don't worry, we'll wait. We'll be ready for you to admit that the movies take a dump over the franchise. Seriously people, when are we going to realize that Michael Bay turns all our childhood memories to crap and stop paying him? Please, this is all I ask.

    • Scott says:

      OMG Megan, anyone who thinks the first 3 Transformer movies are fantastic is either A) A certified friggin idiot, or B) Not a real Transformers fan.

  3. Jake says:

    Take in consideration that everyone has their own opinionions, likes, and dislikes. Just because you hate something doesn’t mean everyone will think the same. I like the transformers movies, their good, but not something I would want to watch again. I’m glad that something different is being done with the 4th installment. I guess we got to see to know.

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