‘Transformers 4′ Casts ‘Bates Motel’ Actress Nicola Peltz as the Female Lead

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The process of tracking development on director Michael Bay’s currently untitled fourth Transformers movie (we call it Transformers 4, for brevity’s sake) has proven to be a dangerous one, between (initially) false casting reports about Mark Wahlberg that ended up coming true, a pretend script leaking – which got the fans excited for an installment that includes Dinobots and Unicron – and then, just last week, a synopsis dropped that Paramount denied as being accurate (though, the studio’s drastic response suggests otherwise).

We continue the roller coaster ride today, with confirmation that Nicola Peltz has been cast as the female lead in Transformers 4 – some two months after Bay dismissed reports that she and Brenton Thwaites have been cast as “completely false” (so it was only a half-lie, so to speak).

Just so there’s no confusion, here is the Tweet that proves it:

Peltz, according to the rumor mill, is playing Wahlberg’s daughter, whose hotshot car-racing boyfriend (played by Irish actor Jack Reynor) is presumably the missing link between their characters and the Transformers in this new installment. The young actress played the water-bending Katara in The Last Airbender and can be seen on the small screen in season one for A&E’s Bates Motel, where she plays Norman Bates’ (forbidden) love interest, Bradley Martin

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It’s hard to not be unenthused about the prospect of a TF4 human storyline that, by the sound of it, will involve Wahlberg’s character having daddy issues – even given Bay’s (empty? Misleading?) promises that the fourth Transformers movie is going to redesign the franchise “from top to bottom” and dive further into the Hasbro property’s sci-fi aspects (but all while keeping things “grounded” in a larger story that picks up four years after the conclusion to Transformers: Dark of the Moon).

Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox were, respectively, in similar positions career-wise on the first Transformers as Peltz and Reynor are right now. That could be read as yet another warning sign that Bay and his TF4 screenwriter Ehren Kruger (who also scripted Dark of the Moon) are vying to copy emulate the coming of age storyline, emotional subtext and Spielbergian sense of wonder present in Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci’s script on the first movie.

It’s not a terrible idea, mind you, seeing how Bay’s original TF installment still has the strongest emotional core in the series – which was discussed on the SR Underground Podcast this week – but that story isn’t exactly “fresh and new” at this stage; not to mention, my own lack of confidence in the storytelling abilities of the writer responsible for Scream 3, The Ring Two and parts of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (just saying…).


Transformers 4 opens in theaters on June 27th, 2014.

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  1. Would prefer Autobots in the male and female leads, but that’s just me.

    • Well, you better get on Kickstarter, bud – because all-robot CGI movies ain’t cheap!

      • “Not” hiring an expensive lead like Wahlberg does save some cash. But I get what you’re saying about overall costs. I think the really expensive part this time around is related to the fact that they are supposedly going to have a fresh new cast of robots to design, model, and render frame-by-frame.

        I welcome the new robot designs. I’d like for the new robots to have fewer infinitesimally-small parts, and look beefier and stronger. It seems to me that robot design should follow a set of logical evolutionary rules (e.g., no or minimal vestigial parts in order to conserve material and energy).

        Since I’m on a roll… And if a bot is reformatted mid-movie, or between movies, there needs to be some kind of logical justification, otherwise why don’t bots simply change at will to meet their particular situation? “I need to get from A to B faster… *REFORMAT* …SR-71!” Or, “Megatron’s giving me a pounding… *REFORMAT* …FORTRESS MAXIMUS!” The animations and the comics address this logically, but Bay’s laying down a series of rules that, taken together, are contradictory and nonsensical. I’m okay with a suspension of disbelief (e.g., giant transforming alien robots), but I draw the line when the ground rules lack internal consistency.

  2. Why not Rosie Huntington Whitley?

    • I might not have much support here, but I was happy with her performance. She was better than Lebeauf (sp?) and Dempsey for sure.

      • She was abysmal, she was only put in as suitable eye candy to replace Megan Fox

  3. without stars shia and megan this movie will bomb that is the only reason I and so many others went to see this movie, not because of the robots but the love story between two people who are from separate worlds. Way to ruin my mid life crisis michael bay

    • Yeah, Transformers Dark of the Moon bombed at the box office without Megan Fox and was less positively reviewed than the critically acclaimed Revenge of the Fallen in the Transformers Trilogy.

    • Well I went to see those movies because of the Transformers, not Shia!

      • So true! Humans should take a backseat in my opinion. They’re just puny and useless in comparison to the Transformers

    • Sarcasm?

    • sarcasm or not, I am super against everything he said in his comment haha

  4. I thought this was already confirmed, I heard about it months ago. Oh well, I expected no better than a Razzie award nominee from The Last Airbender to star in Michael Bay’s next film, lol.

  5. I like how he said tell us who already… he must of been talking to himself nobody else cares.

  6. I guess Bay doesnt realize how horrendous The Last Airbender was if he’s plucking actors from there, but then again, i’m really not all that surprised. If you make terrible movies, you probably like terrible movies.

    • Oh hell she was katara…. no comment

  7. Bay & Kruger are real going to be doing a seen-for-seen remake of dark of the moon with another cast. GRRRRR!

  8. Hmm only thing im liking so far is the casting of Mark Wahlberg

  9. Oh well, I’ll have to see how this turns out when it goes to Netflix, I can wait that long or longer.

  10. I will admit I saw the first 2 Transformers films because of Megan Fox only! What can I say? Im a huge fan of hers. I didn’t even want to bother with the third film because Fox wasn’t in it, but my girlfriend really wanted to see it so we did and I didn’t like it at all. (Haven’t watched it since) This fourth one could be cool. I like Mark and this chick Nicola Peltz is hot and I like her on Bates Motel, only time will tell if it’s worth checking out or not.

  11. yea i liked it with Megan Fox and Shia LaBeouf idk how this one will be but i liked the first 3 better gonna wait till this one hits DVD and Blu-Ray

  12. Why can’t we just move away from the teenage characters and have it based on the robots and a few military guys. How about some actual character development of the transformers…anyone remember how they felt when Jazz or Iron Hide died? Not much of anything. More dialogue and development of the robot characters would make this a good movie. More focus on teenage romantic comedy bull crap and it will suck again. No more d*ck and fart jokes either…

  13. Nicola Peltz… wasn’t she in that god awful Last Airbender movie. ugh let’s hope she’s learned to act, not that a transformer movie calls for much of that.