Director Michael Bay has confirmed that actor Mark Wahlberg will star in the upcoming Transformers 4
movie, which hits cinemas nationwide on June 27, 2014. Bay revealed that his decision to pick Wahlberg was due to the actor’s exceptional performance during filming of Pain and Gain
, which airs April of next year.
Filming for Transformers 4
starts next spring, though no locations have been mentioned. Importantly, none of the human characters
from the first three movies are set to return.
No automakers have been mentioned with the film, though it's highly likely that General Motors will remain a partner. After all, everyone will be expecting Bumblebee to turn into a bright yellow Camaro.
The fourth installment will be a sequel to 2011's Transformers 3 - Dark of the Moon
, though it is expected to be a more serious take on the giant robot-fighting franchise.
Bay will once again serve as director, while another Hollywood legend, Steven Spielberg, has been named as one of the movie’s executive producers.
“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 reinvigorate the franchise and carry on the Transformers’ legacy,” Bay said in a statement.
To date, the Transformers movie franchise has grossed more than $2.6 billion worldwide.