Megan Fox dumped from Transformers 3, Gemma Arterton lined up?

News Simon Brew 20 May 2010 - 06:12

Michael Bay reportedly pulls the plug on Megan Fox’s involvement in Transformers 3, as Gemma Arterton is lined up to replace her…

It's been revealed overnight that there's going to be one significant cast member who won't be returning for Michael Bay's soon-to-shoot third Transformers movie. And that person? None other than Megan Fox.

This is a pretty surprising development, especially considering that it seemed all was fine and dandy between Fox and Bay. It hadn't been, of course. Off the back of the shoot for Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen, Fox infamously criticised Bay, declaring that he was "like Hitler".

Specifically, her quote from Wonderland magazine was that:

"He's like Napoleon and he wants to create this insane, infamous mad-man reputation. He wants to be like Hitler on his sets, and he is. So he's a nightmare to work for but when you get him away from set, and he's not in director mode, I kind of really enjoy his personality because he's so awkward, so hopelessly awkward. He has no social skills at all."

These words were reported just two months after Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen stormed the box office. It seemed they were to have ramifications.

Bay laughed it off at the time, but according to reports at Deadline Hollywood - which broke the news that Fox wasn't returning for the new film - he was also the man who would have made the final call on the actress' involvement in Transformers 3.

Thus, Paramount didn't take up its option on Fox for the movie, and Michael Bay would have had to sign off on that decision. It seems that he did, and Fox was gone.

For Megan Fox's part, her publicist has issued a statement saying, "It was her decision not to return. She wishes the franchise the best," but Deadline Hollywood is adamant that this was Bay's call.

This being Hollywood, talk has already turned to a potential replacement for Michael Bay's camera to leer over for an hour or two. And frontrunner is reportedly Gemma Arterton, next to be seen in the movie of Prince Of Persia: The Sands Of Time. She's the frontrunner in a field that includes the likes of Miranda Kerr, Bar Refaeil and Brooklyn Decker. Expect an announcement on who's won the role shortly.

In the meantime, we can't help wonder if a further recast is on the cards. We're certain it's not, but didn't a Mr Shia LaBeouf say earlier in the week of Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen the following?

"When I saw the second movie, I wasn't impressed with what we did...There were some really wild stunts in it, but the heart was gone...we got lost. We tried to get bigger...Mike went so big that it became too big, and I think you lost the anchor of the movie ... Then it's just a bunch of robots fighting each other."

Michael? You might never have a better chance. Just saying...

Deadline Hollywood
L.A. Times

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