Even though it’s nearing the late stages of filming, Transformers 3 is making casting-related headlines. We knew Alan Tudyk had been cast in the film, but were not told who exactly he would play.

The star of Firefly and Dodgeball will portray another Sector 7 agent. The role puts him alongside the most annoying human character John Turturro’s Agent Simmons in the agency created to control the robots in disguise.

You have to give Michael Bay and Paramount some credit – they upped the ante on the franchise’s human cast (though some fans would probably have preferred less human and more robot-focused casting). In addition to Tudyk, Transformers 3 will add John Malkovich, Patrick Dempsey, Ken Jeong, and Frances McDormand to the list of stars involved.

Then again, Bay also replaced Megan Fox with Victoria’s Secret model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. Time will tell if it was a good or bad decision. But where is the line drawn between stunt casting for cameos and giving great actors proper roles to enhance a film?

This isn’t Tudyk’s first run-in with robots. He was the live-action equivalent of Sonny, the main robot in I, Robot. The DVD/Blu-ray special features show the actor performing stunts and getting into the action – even though his character was entirely CGI. There’s no question he’s a great performer, and will bring an extra element to Transformers 3, but how much?

It’s hard to know for sure – as the news isn’t super-extensive at this point. Regarding his role, Tudyk spoke with From Hollywood With Love:

“I’m a fellow agent of [Agent Simmons’], that is sort of his assistant and weapons expert, computer hacker, cyber sleuth.”

Personally, it sounds like a meager bit of cameo casting, a la Kevin Smith in Live Free or Die Hard and Anthony Anderson in Transformers. Hollywood loves to cast high-profile talent in cameo roles and this seems no different. At best, Tudyk will have a couple of lines in the film. However, based on Agent Simmons in the first two Transformers, he will likely just spit mostly unfunny jokes in awkward situations.

Tudyk was hilarious as Steve the Pirate in Dodgeball and has provided plenty of comedic relief in films like 3:10 To Yuma as well as the original Death at a Funeral. His action experience is plentiful as well with appearances in I, Robot, Firefly, Serenity, Dollhouse and others. Ultimately, it comes down to Michael Bay – will the director under or over-utilize the actor’s talents?

On a similar note, it’s difficult to understand why this news is just now surfacing. Is this supposed to be a surprise cameo or some kind of twist? Paramount has been trigger-happy with pulling information and videos off the Internet and the movie itself has been overly-secretive.

Yet, at the same time they have openly announced filming locations and revealed several other character descriptions for all to see. It would serve Transformers 3 well to give the audience as much information as possible in an effort to dispel the possibility of a film as poorly put-together as Transformers 2.

Transformers 3 unleashes on theaters July 1st, 2011.

Source: From Hollywood With Love