China to Have Major ‘Transformers 4′ Role; Reality Show Will Find Select Cast Members

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Michael Bay’s Transformers 4 is shaping up to be one of the biggest and most interesting film productions in recent years. Not only is it slated to be a complete redesign of the franchise, a recently-announced production agreement with the state-backed China Movie Channel will make the film the first Western project actively supported by the Chinese government.

As part of the deal between Paramount and China Movie Channel, Transformers 4 will recruit a number of Chinese actors for the production. It turns out that part of this casting process will be handled in an unusual, highly public manner – at least four local actors will be chosen to join Transformers 4 as part of a talent competition broadcast on Chinese television.

THR reports that Transformers 4 will use a televised reality competition to cast four roles in China. The straightforwardly named Transformers 4 Chinese Actor Talent Search will consist of a competition that culminates in two previously-established and two amateur actors given parts in Bay’s production. They will join more well-known Chinese stars, who will join the project via normal casting methods.

Given how popular both the Transformers franchise and reality talent competitions are in China, the Transformers 4 Chinese Actor Talent Search will end up being event television when it airs this summer. The series will premiere on the CCTV-6 channel sometime near the beginning of June and will be judged by both American and Chinese producers. One of these judges will be Lorenzo di Bonaventura (RED 2), one of the mastermind producers behind the entirety of the Transformers film franchise.

Transformers Revenge of the Fallen Shanghai China to Have Major Transformers 4 Role; Reality Show Will Find Select Cast Members

Decepticon wreaking havoc on Shanghai in ‘Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.’

If one goes by the sheer number of speaking parts cast from China (and the pomp with which they are being chosen), it follows that there will be a good deal of action taking place overseas during the course of Transformers 4. We at Screen Rant have already theorized that the film’s focus on China may see a return to Shanghai, site of a major Autobot/Decepticon dustup in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. However, the heavy contributions of the country to the film may indicate an extended stay – perhaps covering more than one location and a significant chunk of the film’s run-time.

The amount of effort going into the Chinese side of the production indicates that Transformers 4 looks to take full advantage of Paramount’s agreement with China Movie Channel. This makes sense, given both the possible return on investment from an eager Chinese box office and the raw opportunity of having carte blanche to shoot in the People’s Republic. Containing vast deserts, subtropical mountains, and some of the largest cityscapes in the world, China offers vistas that would make any location scout or cinematographer salivate uncontrollably.

It will be fascinating to see if the Transformers 4 reality competition actually does find some serious undiscovered talent for the production. Additionally, we’re eagerly awaiting to see what names from the Chinese film industry become attached to the production through more traditional means – especially if it gives us a better idea of just what Transformers 4 will be about.


Transformers 4 will land in theaters on June 27th, 2014.

Source: THR

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  1. And so it has begun. Remember how everyone in Firefly cursed in Mandarin even though the main language was English? Well, things are on their way. 😀

  2. Never watching this movie.

    • Because China is playing a major role or because Michael Bay is playing a major role? I’m more concerned with the latter.

      • I don’t see it as an either/or proposition. :)

      • i like them both and i like the transformers movies… bay is great at directing. the people you should all be crying about is the writers. they made a billion ffs… why are you people going to the cinemas to watch this movie?

  3. Whaou I do not get that! I do not mind filming everywhere in the world but most of the film taking place somewhere else than the U.S? perplexing hey michael why not just make a chinese version lol

    • What a stupid thing to say.
      The new Wolverine Movie should be a “japanese” version because its set in japan?
      A Nazi movie should be a “german” version because its set in germany?

  4. I thought she was doing porn now?

  5. as much as I would like to see more Chinese actors (esp. males) in Hollywood productions, this process seems incredibly lame

  6. It’s a strategic military move. We want china on our side When sh*t hits that fan with North Korea.

    • Lol. China, if it wouldn’t destroy their economy to do so, would annihilate us right now. China is and will always be out to NOT do what is helpful to us.

  7. Piratebay!! ill never buy these pile of sh*t!!

  8. I think the idea that Chinese people will be more prominent in film is great, but I absolutely detest the reasoning for it. It is SOLELY for monetary purposes. Not because they WANT Chinese actors and actually are interested in them, but because of an agreement. It’s basically like, we’ll partner with you on this and GIVE YOU MONEY only if you cast THESE people. It’s actually insulting to the Chinese people. Their company literally is bribing Paramount to put Chinese actors in western movies. You KNOW that if Paramount had their way, there would be no Chinese actors in the movie. As a Chinese person myself, this is just insulting.

  9. Transformers 4 AGE OF EXTINCTION I cant wait for this movie been following the film crews all over this city Micheal Bay is a hard cat to catch but I actually met him he is a nice guy Mark Walberg is too he waived to me at Lawrence and Broadway UPTOWN THEATRE I was riding a north bound bus on lawrence saw something going on with a dirty old truck got off and stayed all night with my camera then I went downtown at the cloud gate “bean” what a bunch of exitement got some more pictures then I went down town to damen or archer and 29 th saw them blow up building with chinese letters on it saw li bing bing racing around a corner wacker van buren this is a lot of fun Audi cars and Stanley tucci mr bonnetuurra And Micheal Bay he is so cool