Transformers 4: Michael Bay on casting and a new trilogy

News Ryan Lambie 9 Jan 2013 - 08:50

Michael Bay offers an update on Transformers 4, with a new cast member and the revelation that it'll mark the start of a new trilogy...

Having completed one triptych of Transformers action disaster movies, Michael Bay's all set to make (or at least be involved in the production of) yet another trilogy based on Hasbro's shape-shifting robots. That's what we've learned from an update Bay himself wrote on his official website, which also states unequivocally that "Transformers 4 is not a reboot".

"This movie takes place exactly four years after the war in Chicago," Bay writes, referring to his 2011 billion-dollar blockbuster, Dark Of The Moon. "The story makes a very natural transition, and reason as to why we have a whole new cast. This Transformers will feel very different then the last three. We are embarking on a new trilogy."

We already know that Mark Wahlberg will be one of the new actors who'll replace the outgoing cast, which included Shia LaBeouf and a gallery of supporting stars including John Turturro, John Malkovich and Frances McDormand.

Alongside Wahlberg, Bay's revealed that he's also cast Jack Reynor, an Irish actor who Bay spotted in the indie drama What Richard Did. Bay writes that Reynor's acting chops and Dick Whittington-style move to the US impressed him enough to invite him on board.

"Jack Reynor, he is an Irish kid that came to America with 30 bucks in his pocket," Bay enthused. "Pretty ballsy. Seriously who does that?"

With Transformers 4 set for release in the summer of 2014, Bay should begin directing his sequel very soon. More news as it comes in.

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This film (and planned sequels), despite Bay announcing "will feel very different then the last three", will no doubt be complete pants.

I always watch any film with an open mind, but after the last 3 Transformers films I am not expecting much.

The studio should have gone with a new director seeing as it is a new trilogy. How "different" can Bay make these films considering he is such a poor director?

Dammit Marky Mark. You're better than this! Tell Bay where to go and make some more good films. (Wouldn't mind Ted 2 while you're at it...)

30 dollars in his pocket... yeah because US immagration works like that now.

Every time I come across news about Bay and his take on the Transformerverse my inner child dies a little.. I grew up with the original G1 comics, cartoons and toys, love what High Moon Studios are doing with their games today, and just can't understand why these films are making money given that there's infinitely better media out there!

The art style is cold, fractured and fails to create the connection the audience deserves while the characterisation is shallow and ignores the point that these are supposed to be living, feeling, alien creatures, not just the big brothers of real-world production line robots.

I've been disappointed with every single Bay film and only watched the last two because someone else had bought the DVD. I just don't understand who's going back to the cinemas.

Feel very different then the last three? Does this mean it will actually be about the robots for a change?

There's a typo in the first line, surely it should be, "action movie disasters" not "action disaster movies".

That would be nice

He is better than this. But, maybe he can elevate the quality of the film. I am hopeful as I think he's a pretty good actor. LaBeef was just bad.

"...we have a whole new cast. This Transformers will feel very different then the last three"

THANK GOD! The first film wasn't that bad to be fair but 2 and (especially) 3 were AWFUL. Every time Spike appeared on screen I wanted to punch him!

I may pirate this when it comes out and then PAY to see it if its not utter bollocks. They're not catching me out again...

Really? You preferred Adverts in disguise compared to its sequels? I hated the first movie for its blatant advertisements and close ups of memory sticks, ipods and mountain dew. The third was for me a much better story and not for all the pew pew special effects but because they actually took two plots from the original story line one of them being "Megatron's master plan" and the other I forget the name but its when they use the space bridge to bring Cybertron to Earth. This should have been case from the first movie, use Episode plots as a basis for the movies mixed in with some new stuff to keep all fans interested. But I agree Sam was the most annoying person in the movie, I didn't mind him too much in the second one but I was sick of him in the third and Megan Fox just was pointless from the start I just do not see what the fuss is about with her (seriously).

This isn't Shakespeare people. Check your mind at the door and turn up your surround sound 7.2 stereos! Having said that I never understood trying to make Shia Leboef a star? But some laughs, some action and a whole lotta noise they are. Marky Mark should do the same and maybe raise the level to a Bad Boys level.

I think MW's performance is always dependant on the overall script and and director. For example, great in The Fighter, awful in the Happening. I hold out little hope for him rescuing Transformers

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