Michael Bay NOW Considering Mark Wahlberg for ‘Transformers 4′?

Published 2 years ago by , Updated July 18th, 2014 at 9:56 am,

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The next film directed by Michael Bay to hit theaters will, for the first time since 2005, not be a Transformers movie; rather, it’s the true-story bodybuilder crime flick Pain & Gain starring Dwayne Johnson and Mark Wahlberg. Hence, when the rumors popped up two weeks ago about Wahlberg playing a lead in Transformers 4, they seemed credible – before Bay shot them down, that is.

However, those rumors also seemingly succeeded in planting a seed of thought in Bay’s head, with regards to who actually should play one of the human leads in the fourth Transformers movie. That’s why Wahlberg is (apparently) in the running for real now.

Here is what Bay posted on his official site, with regard to that subject:

I squashed a rumor that was on the internet last week. It was about Mark Walhberg. Mark was rumored to be staring in Transformers 4. We are working on another movie together, not T4. I had such a great time working with Mark on Pain and Gain, and he gave such a great performance – well let’s say that very internet chatter gave me some ideas. We are at the inception of our story process right now on T4. Let’s say some ideas are gaining traction with me and my writer – so I’m here to say thanks internet chatter.

As it were, just before the Wahlberg rumors started circulating, there were also unconfirmed reports that the TF4 script from Ehren Kruger (Transformers: Dark of the Moon) features a female high-schooler and her car-racing boyfriend as the new human players. That news didn’t exactly generate much enthusiasm, as it pointed to a film that treads on much of the same ground as the first Transformers movie (where Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox play the teenager protagonists) – as opposed to, taking the series in a different direction.

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Bay’s latest comments do not, per se, contradict the aforementioned rumor about TF4 featuring under-age leads. He may now be seriously considering the idea of a character role tailor-made for Wahlberg, but the latter could easily end up playing second-fiddle to a pair of fresher-faced protagonists (like Josh Duhamel and Tyrese Gibson did in the original TF trilogy). Then again – dare we hope Bay is starting to appreciate the value of constructive fan input, after his responses to outrage over the Ninja Turtles reboot (which he is producing) encouraged little more than knee-jerk reactions?

On a related note: could Bay’s claim that TF4 is very much in a state of flux right now have anything at all to do with reports about Disney looking to acquire Hasbro? Maybe not, but that doesn’t stop us from speculating, right?

Transformers 4 (not the official title) remains set to hit theaters on June 29th, 2014.


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  1. I think Wahlberg would be a good choice. Actually why not bring in both Wahlberg and Johnson?

    • If you’re gonna add in The Rock to a Wahlberg movie, you’ll have to add in Samuel L. Jackson and Will Ferrell. “Aim for the bushes.” jk

      Seth Green knows Transformers backward and forward. I won’t mind see him as a sidekick to Wahlberg.

  2. I personally don’t care too much about the human side of these movies. I just go to watch giant robots blow things to bits.

    • Seems to be the only thing those movies have going for themselves anyway.

      Why not a movie just about the robots? Possibly on their own planet (cybertron) or somewhere far the heck away from Earth and humans in general. I mean those new transformers videogames seem to get somewhere between a mixed or greater reception in general right?

      Might work out better in the long run just to have it be what it really is: a war story between the Autobots and the Decepticons. Through in a little bit of a space odyssey feeling, center on the robots’ interactions with each other (since they mostly basically act like humans anyway) and I’m sure it’d fare a whole lot better than it does right now, by far.

      • I agree, Keep humans out of this one.

        • I hope not. I like the action but none of the robot characters interests me enough to have them carry the whole movie on their own. A Transformer movie without humans would only work for a handful of total Transformer geeks, while the rest of the potential audience wouldn’t give a damn.

          Humans can and must stay. They just need to kill the whole kindergarten humour shtick and take the movie serious for a change (regardless of how silly the concept is) and it’ll be fine.

          • What TheLostWinchester said

      • There’s reason we will never get that. That would cost too much, and it would take about four years to animate the film.

        • @TheLostWinchester: Right…just a half serious (or less) suggestion. I didn’t say it would be the best thing to do, but probably still a step above what we’ve been given in two and three if they ACTUALLY did it right/well. If it was just about the robots of course they would make an overhaul to make their personalities dynamic and appealing, well, in any simbilance at all(from what we have now they’d have been better off with no personalities at all, especially the pampous annoying ones. But more characters like optimus and megatron? (if they were done better too) maybe something there?)

          As for the audiance, I think (if the producers were crazy enough to go through with it, which they kinda are honestly, and since they insist on doing something anyway) I think people would be just a little more open to it, what with all the flourish for CBMs these days and having been introduced to the concepts from the first three movies. But agreed, maybe not at all very appealing to the general audiance.

          But yeah if they can drop the childish joke shtick, AND make the character interactions better since its still lacking there with or without the jokes. And along with some other things they made it much more serious in tone. Probably the best way to go overall.

          @Ghost: I’ll go ahead and admit that in writing what I said it wasn’t the biggest idea in my mind that taking people out of it would leave the movie to be completely done in CGI. But the last movie seemed to be like 60-70 % or greater of pure CGI work and only took about two years of actual production work. So take that however you will.

  3. Unicron

    • It’s going 2 b a long movie

  4. not sure how i feel about this, still want AARON PAUL a.k.a JESSIE PINKMAN

  5. I think the Transformers franchise has run its course, like Pirates of the Carribean, the first one was decent but was then followed by two massive turds!

    Just leave it be and write it off as a missed opportunity!

    Or why not make a movie out of some other decent 80s toons with decent toy lines?

    Thundercats, Gobots, Rock lords, Visionaries, M.A.S.K, there was loads!

    • At least Pirates director Gore Verbinski moved on to do better movies. Michael Bay, he just cares about money not entertainment. He knew a better director will do Transformers justice. So Bay commented the biggest crime and came back to rape this series even further.

    • HASBRO did not miss an opportunity, why do you think they want MORE???
      Because of the FANS that will keep on keekin on watching them, and if they were such turds why did they make BOAT LOADS OF CASH? thats all the studios care about! and its obvious you saw them, so the 1st decent one did not turn you away or the 2nd awful one, that did not turn you away! and I’ll bet you a dollar YOU will go pay to see T4.

      Really the only thing your dead nuts correct about is your last words on the other 80′s toons!! well A cpl of them anyway

      • Hasbro didn’t make the movies, Michael Bay did! Of course I saw the second one, it was horrendous, I saw the third one thinking it couldn’t possibly be worse than the last one and I was wrong, it was ten times as bad!

        They have missed the opportunity to make decent movies, of course if they want to go down the Saw route that’s up to them, I won’t be watching, I require a little more from my movies than stuff blowing up!

  6. Great. Someone mentions it as a joke. As per his films, Mr Bay has no idea about the concept of humour, takes it seriously and thinks, “Yes! I will cast him.”

    He’ll never stop. Never.

  7. Michael Bay, can he not please leave this to someone else to make a massive mess of? Best idea is to get out takes for the previous two movies, stitch them together and ‘hey presto’ Transformers 4. After watching 3 at the cinema (over 2 hours of life I will never get back) I won’t touch this one with a 20 ft pole and now I see Marky Mark’s in it it’s a ‘no brainer’ for me :( more childhood memories smashed to pieces

  8. I think Wahlberg is a decent actor I’d like to see him in T4 he’s way more entertaining than Labeouf.

  9. Hhmmmmmmaybe…

  10. I really thought the last installment of transformers was the dark moon series, looks like people won’t get enough of this action packed series. Mark Wahlberg is not a bad choice after all.

  11. I thought War for Cybertron would be a great idea for a film, sadly that won’t happen.

  12. Entertainment Weekly confirmed that Wahlberg has been hired.


  13. Well, he sucked in this movie too. Crackhead mike did the best he could but I say save your money

  14. It’s unfortunate that Mark Wahlberg is cast, he seems to be an angry actor, common and easy emotion to be portrayed. Transformers will carry the film. Definitely not an improvement. Looks like Wahlberg will be in the next 3 Transformer films….boooooo.