Say goodbye to Shia and hello to Marky Mark.
Director Michael Bay has confirmed the recent rumor that his "Pain & Gain" star Mark Wahlberg will take the lead role in "Transformers 4," saying in a statement posted to his official website today:
“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."
The fourth installment in Paramount/Hasbro's wildly-popular sci-fi/action franchise is scheduled for a Spring 2013 production start and a June 27, 2014 release. Bay directed the first three entries in the series to a combined gross of over $2.6 billion worldwide.
Earlier reports indicated Wahlberg's character is a father with a teenage son, the latter of whom will take over as the lead protagonist in subsequent installments.
"Pain & Gain" is a passion project of Bay's that stars Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson as Miami bodybuilders who get caught up in a murderous extortion scheme. The film is slated for release on April 26.
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