‘Transformers 4′ Updates: Duhamel NOT Returning, New Vehicle Revealed & More

Published 1 year ago by , Updated February 25th, 2014 at 8:59 am,

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Michael Bay’s Transformers 4 is trying to follow in the example of films like The Hungers GamesAmazing Spider-Man 2 or X-Men: Days of Future Past by giving fans almost daily updates and teases via online and social media outlets. However, like The Hunger Games in particular, Bay’s TF4 media campaign has been more tedious than tantalizing. So far, we’ve seen image after image of new vehicles  being unveiled (sometimes carrying the name of some iconic Transformer) - in what has felt more like a automotive advertising campaign than fan service.

In that sense, we’ve been biding our time and waiting on some Transformers 4 news to bundle and share. Today’s roundup brings another pretty car pic; news that one former cast member is NOT returning for the new installment; interesting word that the film could be set in an overseas location; and continued speculation about what the subtitle for the fourth film will be.

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New Car – Autobot? Or Decepticon?

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Michael Bay revealed the picture above on his Website; it’s a Pagani Huayra, and comes with the following poetic caption:

Considered a masterpiece of design and engineering, this fierce, 2013 blood red Pagani Huayra, is named after an ancient Andean God of Wind. High resolution photo: http://bayhem.com/15BERvQ

No word on which side the robot version of the Huayra will be fighting on; so far, Autobot ranks have included a C7 Corvette Stingray and Bugatti Grand Sport Vitesse - as well as a highly-modified vintage 1967 Camaro SS and  a Tactical OshKosh Defense vehicle. While it would be easy to assume that the Huayra is part of that decked-out crew, recent set photos of the Autobots “rolling out” have NOT included that sleek sports car, so maybe it’s Decepticon, after all?

/Film also points to this “Rally Fighter” vehicle that is yet unidentified. Check it out in the video below:

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China’s Big Role

China has been getting into the Hollywood blockbuster business heavily as of late. Much ado was made about the scenes of Iron Man 3 that were shot in the country – and Paramount is also headed to China with Transformers 4. We previously updated you with word that not only will TF4 be shot in China, the country itself will play a major role in the movie. Chinese actress Li Bingbing (Resident Evil 5)  is starring in the film, and a talent competition is being held to fill other roles with would-be actos. In short: it’s a big deal.

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The site Chinese Films confirms as much in a report where they talked to Marc Ganis, co-founder of Jiaflix Enterprises, a venture that is seeking to bridge the gap between the American and Chinese Entertainment industries. Ganis went out of his way to make clear that TF4 will honor Chinese culture and actors:

So much of the movie takes place in China and the character [Li Bingbing] plays is a Chinese national. So it’s a very natural position for her to have…There is going to be a single version (of the film) worldwide with a very significant Chinese component.

Subtext: This film will actually showcase China to the world, unlike Iron Man 3, which cut down its Chinese portions for the U.S. Theatrical version.

After so many set photos of TF4 star Mark Wahlberg roaming around places like Texas, it’s going to be an interesting journey to see how the action in the film moves to (and rests in) China. Then again, Revenge of the Fallen did a fair amount of globe-trotting (Egypt, Shanghai) so none of this is too surprising – especially when you consider that, after the attack on Chicago in TF3, Cybertronians would be considered the epitome of a “global issue.”

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Transformers 4 [Insert Subtitle]

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Have you been wondering what the new Transformers movie is called? Well, the answer is: Nothing, yet. Michael Bay (allegedly) put out the following statement, which was bounced around the Transformers News Message Boards:

“There are rumors flying around from various media sites about the title of the next Transformers.

I wanted you to hear from me directly that we have not yet chosen a title and anything being reported is absolutely not true.

When we have a title to announce, I promise you will hear it from me first.

-Michael”

My suggestion? “Transformers: Call It Something Actually Relevant This Time”. Revenge of the Fallen? (Guy was in the movie for like two minutes.) Dark of the Moon? (Because the moon had SUCH a crucial part to play in that movie.) Yeah, I think we can do better, too.

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Major Lennox is NOT Re-Enlisting

Love Josh Duhamel’s character Major Lennox from the Transformers Trilogy? Too bad. He ain’t coming back for Transformers 4:

I think most of us can agree: of all the human characters in the franchise, Lennox was probably the least annoying. Sorry to see him ago. Hopefully Wahlberg steps up as a suitable replacement; though, since he is playing a gear-head chasing after his teenage daughter… um, is it too late to get Lennox back?

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Transformers 4 will be in theaters on June 27, 2014.

Sources: Michael Bay, Chinese Films, Twitter (hat tip to /Film)

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  1. This is lineing up to be a big pile of BS people will still go and watch cous its Transformers but im not going to be 1 of them.

    • i think the movies are great! seriously, if its cause of bay then people need to get a grip. i bet those are the same people that love man of steel even with all those explosions and destruction BOOM! BOOM!

    • I’ll go but only because i like the awesome picture and sound of an imax screen but i know what to expect in terms of story and filmaking.

    • You say that now :P

  2. i hope the wreckers return. the scottsh (green) one was the best

  3. They should just call it, Transformers 4: “another Michael Bay fiasco that has nothing to do with the transformers property”. At least then the title would have some relevance to the movie this time.

  4. I agree that Duhamel’s character was one of (if not) the best human components from the films. Sad to see him go.

    I’m not a Bay hater, but my hopes of the franchise redeeming itself are fading with each announcement (since Whalberg’s involvement).

  5. A lot of personality in this article…

    • Kofi only says how it is. This kind of “promotion” is getting out of hand. If the studios have nothing worthwhile to report they might just as well keep it to themselves instead of counting on news sites to spread their puffs of hot air. They think they stir up more interest in their movies, while the opposite is true. The more non-information like that comes around, the more bored I get with the movie in question, to the point that I don’t care anymore.

  6. That’s actually quite disappointing :(

  7. This movie will be so good, I think that you should all watch it, I have learned my lesson from Transformers 2, and that lesson is, BLOW MORE THINGS UP!!!

    That, and enough metal scrapping on metal that your ears bleed by the climax of the film.

  8. I bet there’s a big final chase sequence all along the Great Wall of China.

    • What? awaiting moderation?!! What for??

  9. This movie will be so good, I think that you should all watch it, I have learned my lesson from Transformers 2, and that lesson is, BLOW MORE THINGS UP!!!

    That, and enough metal scrapping on metal that your ears bleed by the climax of the film.

  10. Can they please just start from scratch, I hope this just falls apart like Spiderman 4 did when they were in pre production, Yes M.Bay can direct the hell out of an action scene but that’s about it, they need to get a director that doesn’t rely on dutch angles and explosion to carry his film from one scene to the next.

    • Very well said, hey what if they brought in Nolan? Just kidding…kinda..

  11. explosions*

  12. Transformers: Chinese Democracy

    • Now there’s an oxymoron. :D

  13. Fast and Furious… Transformers style? Seriously, who wouldn’t notice these cars on the street? It kind of defeats the purpose of “Robots in Disguise.

  14. Rodimus Prime

    • Ultra Magnus

  15. Duhamel was the only human character I actually consistently liked throughout the first three films….this is a shame.

    • +1

  16. Transformers: Mandarin :D

  17. Only good thing about this franchise is optimus prime and the other unrecognizable
    robots, storytelling is a porous 3.

  18. It would be cheaper and less time consuming for Bay to just do a 30-minute long car commercial with product placement and a rocking soundtrack. They could show it before other movies…..

  19. I’d love to see the Stunticons this time around so long as they’re not all gorilla like, as they did with Devestator. That was VERY disappointing. I also agree Lennox will be missed. Much more tolerable than Simmons or any other re occuring characters. I was just thinking, the above nameless car could be Hot rod maybe. And I may be alone on this one but, I think Hound should be a army Hummer rather than that….what ever he is.. Looks like Bulkhead from the recent cartoons.

  20. Seriously, these movies get way too much crap. If you expect an amazing plot and character development, then go watch something from Steven Spielberg. These movies are meant to have lots of robots and things blowing up. It does exactly what it’s meant to, be fun.

  21. Sooo this will be the intro to Mandarin Decepticon which will be a fake at the end with it being revealed as Starscream with a weak ending fight scene and elementary humor. Oh but wait, in comes a silver ninja that looks good on paper but comes off as corny on the big screen and therefore makes the entire movie a joke

  22. They should call this Pacific Rim 2

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