‘Transformers 4′ Sets Jack Reynor As Its Young Male Lead

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Breaking Transformers 4 news has been something of a tricky task. There have been casting rumors flying about, followed by denials from director Michael Bay – though, he reneged on his initial claim that Mark Wahlberg isn’t starring – and a few weeks ago a fake script began circulating, spreading more disinformation as to what the plot involves and which fan-favorite robot characters are appearing (including, several that were not featured in previous live-action installments).

Similarly, initial reports about Nicola Peltz and Brenton Thwaites being cast as the young human leads (Wahlberg’s daughter and her car-racing boyfriend) gelled with the shortlist of prospectives being considered; however, Bay shot down those claims pretty quickly. Thus, we’ve been on radio silence for about a month, as far as legitimate updates are concerned.

Fortunately, Bay himself is the source of information for today’s report about the casting of TF4‘s young male lead: Jack Reynor, an Irish actor (though, he was born in the U.S.) who appeared in such titles as Dollhouse and What Richard Did before making the journey overseas to Hollywood. So, there shouldn’t be any back-and-forth reporting about this story (knock on wood).

Here is the word from Bay, via his official site:

I just hired a great new actor for Transformers 4 to star against Mark Wahlberg. Jack Reynor, he is an Irish kid that came to America with 30 bucks in his pocket. Pretty ballsy. Seriously who does that? Anyway I spotted him in a great little Irish movie WHAT RICHARD DID. This kid is the real deal.

Transformers 4, is not a reboot. That word has been floating around on the net.

This movie takes place exactly 4 years after the war in Chicago. The story makes a very natural transition, and reason as to why we have a whole new cast. This Transformers will feel very different then the last three. We are embarking on a new trilogy.

Bay’s comments echo those of Wahlberg, who referred to the fourth Transformers flick as “extremely different” (both in terms of his career choices and compared to its predecessors). It’s essentially become the cliché for selling each TF movie as superior to the ones that’ve come before it, similar to using “gritty” and “realistic” to promote darker superhero films post-Dark Knight (see: Iron Man 3, Man of Steel, etc.). That said: we’ve heard enough by now to believe that TF4 could very well be a change-of-pace, more like the second half of Transformers: Dark of the Moon (and no so much the first).

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However, the suggestion that Dark of the Moon screenwriter Ehren Kruger’s script for the new Transformers will, once again, use a high school relationship as the emotional anchor – and, in turn, the Transformers as both metaphorical and literal vehicles for exploring teen issues – has left many fans worried. That’s not a knock against Reynor’s (unknown) dramatic chops either. Still, if he does indeed end up playing Sam Witwicky 2.0 (or spending a lot of screen time clashing with Wahlberg about dating his daughter), that’ll be disappointing.

… Then again, that would be “different” from what’s come before (not to put too fine a point on it), so…

Transformers 4 is slated to begin production this May, to make a June 27th, 2014 release date.


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  1. He’s not a robot. Therefore, I am not interested.

  2. and we have our clumsy shia lebeouf-esque lead! now whos gonna be his slutty love interest? michael bay is always true to form :D haha

  3. Jesus, they’re still keeping Ehren Kruger as the screenwriter? The man writes like crap! He ruined the Scream series with Scream 3, did revised edits on Scream 4 which diminished it’s quality, wrote Transformers 3 which was an hour and a half too long…Everything he’s ever written is trash.

    • Ehren gave Scream 4 the Stab a Thon, and the garage scene. Just because horror isn’t his calling doesn’t mean he’s a bad screenwriter. And besides, I think DOTM is the best of the series aside from the length. And the new female lead.

      • The best thing they could have done with Scream 4 would have been to kill off all the original cast members in that final scene, that would have been original and a genuine twist, not the crap sell ending that they went with!

  4. It’s Nicola Peltz not Nicolas.

    • My apologies, it’s been corrected.

  5. yawn they should just do an all out robots movie no humans

    • That’ll never happen.

      • Agreed. You can even have Del Toro doing the movie and still it will not be an all robot movie. Fact is that the general public relate more to the human character than the robot and thus we have more time spent on the human story rather than the robots itself, i.e. same Transformers as before. If you want an all robot story I suggest just sticking to the anime but as far as the big screen, no matter who the director is, there will never be an all robot movie

        • It’s funny that you mention Del Toro because having seen the giant robots in pacific rim I was thinking he’d be a good candidate to take over the franchise after bay’s finished hacking it to pieces.

          • True but also based on different sites(early screeners I guess), I have read that Pacific Rim, although has robots and monsters the main focus is set on how humans pull through to survive. Still an epic movie to be expected but it’s not a movie where it focuses on the majority robots/monsters but more on the human side(same as Transformers but better script)

        • even the giant robot anime films still have a human factor in them.

  6. Bay stinks. Plain and simple. The fans and the general public don’t want him. His first trilogy was awful. It kept getting worse with each movie. I’ll pass on anything that has his name attached to it.

    • You’re right. People hated the third one so much that they kept seeing it so it would make over a billion dollars.

  7. New trilogy? To what new depths can bay carry this franchise I wonder. Still looking forward to it though, can’t get enough transformers.

  8. Wow,, I’m in shock. I’m in film college in Dublin and we were told to check out that film “What Richard did”, its a small little indie Irish movie,,It’s alright, haha, can’t picture Michael Bay sitting down and watching it at all.

    Some of the guys in my class kinda of even know Jack Reynor,, to think his next gig is gonna be a billion dollar blockbuster, unbelievable, fairplay to the lad,, no no, I’m not jealous in the slightest haha

    • Here’s to you getting the next one, eh?

  9. I’m kind of glad Shia la bouf (not sure about spelling) is not coming back. I’m sick of him yelling out Oooptimusss n I hope this Irish dude doesn’t do the same thing

    • Agreed Shia really gets annoying in the trilogy

  10. He sounds like a pretty good actor even if he is an unknown hopefully they won’t make him like Shia in the first trilogy hopefully they provide us with some depth and make the character interesting same with wahlberg he isn’t all that bad an actor

  11. Imagine if this happened:

    “No no no no no no no no no!” [In Irish]

    • When an Irishman finds out there is no Guinness at his local pub???

  12. “similar to using “gritty” and “realistic” to promote darker superhero films post-Dark Knight”

    Another stupid plug for that damn trilogy. He said “This Transformers will feel very different then the last three.” For all we know, it could be a bunch of condiments sitting on a countertop for 2 hours.

  13. I want Samuel L Jackson in the next Transformers.

    Imagine him yelling at Optimus.


    • LOL…..that would be awesome. Or have Liam Neeson come out and say, “I don’t know who you are. I don’t know what you want. If you are looking for a planet, I can tell you I don’t have it. But what I do have are a very particular set of skills; skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you. If you let my planet go now, that’ll be the end of it. I will not look for you, I will not pursue you. But if you don’t, I will look for you, I will find you, and I will kill you.”

      • @JaredDAC

        Good one!

      • I read that in Liams voice. Awesome.

  14. I hate Transformers as much as the next guy and dont think much of Bay, but the trailer for Pain and Gain looks awesome! Maybe Bay needed some time away from Transformers to get some perspective on how to actually produce a credible story, I’m probably wrong and Pain and Gain will be another example of the trailer being better than the actual movie but we can but hope!

    • If there’s one thing Michael Bay can do well, it’s making trailers.

  15. Am I the only who cares starscream sound wave n Megatron are dead… what kind of “darker” movie will it be without the main bad guys… even if they bring in unicorn or something it won’t matter .. its not the same without those 3 decepticons

  16. It’s UNICRON!

    In All Honesty We All Know This New Film Is Going To Have Somewhat A Very Familiar Story From The 86 Movie… Magnus, GALVATRON, Rodimus…

    I Do Want To See Some Ill Autobots…



  17. This new actor is a robot so why would we want him? T4 needs to have the original main actors (Sam, Mikayle, and Lennox). They need to stop getting rid of the actors and keep them because the transformers movies are getting worse and worse.Transformers 1 and 2 were the best but now they got rid of Mikayla, and the sector 7 agent. Those characters were the heart of the story