Mark Wahlberg Confirmed For ‘Transformers 4′; New Logo Revealed

Published 1 year ago by , Updated November 9th, 2012 at 4:48 pm,

Transformers 4 Mark Wahlberg Mark Wahlberg Confirmed For Transformers 4; New Logo Revealed

After weeks of rumors linking Mark Wahlberg to the planned sequel/reboot Transformers 4, and less than a day since director Michael Bay claimed those were just rumors – rumors that had gotten him thinking about casting the Oscar-nominated actor – it’s official. Mark Wahlberg will star in Transformers 4.

The plot of the movie is still largely unknown, but if Optimus Prime is going to appear, his mother should probably prepare to be said ‘hello’ to.

This isn’t the first time that Bay has made some big decisions with the franchise on the fly, after he previously claimed that Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon would be his last. It was a ride on a Universal Studios roller coaster that convinced him the fourth time would be the charm, so perhaps decisions like this sudden casting should’ve been expected.

The pair just worked together on Bay’s upcoming ‘smaller’ film Pain and Gain, alongside Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson. The production must have gone particularly well between the actor and director, since the Internet fervor over Wahlberg’s possible involvement in the Hasbro franchise partially convinced Bay to make the offer.

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Bay’s official comment on Wahlberg’s casting follows, promising ambitious things for the future of the brand:

“Mark is awesome. We had a blast working on ‘Pain and Gain’ and I’m so fired up to be back working with him. An actor of his caliber is the perfect guy to re-invigorate the franchise and carry on the ‘Transformers’ legacy.”

Now that the next chapter in the Transformers franchise has a star around which to build itself, the ‘legacy’ can go in any number of directions. With an Academy Award-nominated actor front and center, as opposed to Shia Lebouf’s permanently-flustered Sam Witwicky, the reports of Transformers 4 telling a darker story carry a bit more water.

Along with the casting announcement comes a reveal of the film’s logo treatment, though it’s still missing a subtitle. Whether or not Paramount will stick with the ’4′ or come up with a catchy rider remains to be seen. Check the logo out below:

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Some may have hoped that a leading man being cast in the film would give some sense of the direction the writers might take with the story, but with Wahlberg, it’s not so easy to discern. Considering the actor’s most recent roles - The Fighter and Ted – it could go any number of ways. Given Michael Bay’s track record, it’s most likely that the film will land somewhere between action and comedy, in which case Wahlberg’s casting makes perfect sense.

It’s hard to believe that a Transformers movie will trade laughs for tears, since that seems out of character for both the source material and director’s strengths. The darker sections of Transformers: Dark of the Moon were the source of its biggest problems for some people, so hopefully Bay and company have learned a few lessons.

Wahlberg marks just the first member of the apparently completely new cast of humans and robots, and all things considered, will go a long way toward giving T4 a notably different tone than those that preceded it. The film itself will have to deliver genuine quality, but at least this casting news will pique people’s curiosity. When we’re talking about the fourth installment of a hotly-debated series, that in itself is an accomplishment.

What’s your take on Wahlberg’s casting? Think he’s right for the franchise going forward? If he is, would you rather see a role closer to Ted or The Departed?

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

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  1. Eh

  2. Eh.

  3. I want to see Unicron in this one

    • Second this…

    • yes yes and YES! or at least in the final film whichever that may be
      the threat of unicron consuming earth in the final film would be a great way to finish off the series

    • Yes! Unicron!

  4. Eh

  5. Just stop this production now.

  6. Just stop this production now. The less humans the better. Or how about reboot it, and have the first film of the next trilogy take place on cybertron.

    • Second this also…

    • I have been seeing this comment appear so often since the production of the dark of the moon. IMO, having the film at cybertron is an exciting “animation film” but won’t be a good motion picture as it won’t be as jaw dropping since we human can’t relate to the destruction happening on screen. So, no cybertron for me. =)

  7. Optimus Prime’s mother. Nice one. ;)

  8. Eh. The logo is kinda cool.

    Marky mark. Uh I guess. He’s not a bad actor. I just can’t look at him te same since I saw max Payne. Horrible film.

    • I never saw Max Payne but I consider that a good thing, I heard some awful things man, sorry you went through that

      • Trust me brother your not missing anything and it was a painful experience. Lol

        Anyway I do have hope for this installment.

    • @ The Mighty Avenger.

      Focus on the good movies…good movies…focus…..WAX ON…WAX OFF…Max Payne was not a movie.

      It was a video game with Human Characters, being played by an excellent player…It was not a movie
      It was not a movie
      It was not a movie

      Now, you will feel better if you advoid all reference.

  9. I say Wahlberg being cast in the film is a good thing, he’s a fine actor but he’s usually in serious roles so hopefully this means the 4th installment will be better than the first three.

    New Logo looks bad{#} to me.

  10. I hope they will go forward to the future and introduce Roddimus Prime, and of course Unicron. They pretty much couldn’t do anything about the villain since they’ve already killed off Megatron, Starscream, Soundwave, Shockwave and the Fallen. But if they are reviving them like what they did to Megatron, then I’ll definitely not be watching this…

    • Rodimus Sucked Monkey Pistons.

      To me, he was better at Hot Rod, not Rodimus Prime, because he did not have Optimus Primes persona, or charisma..

      This may sound silly, but Peter Cullen always made think..”Hell yeah, I would follow Optimus Prime into Battle.”

      Rodimus, not so much…..Now when Peter Cullen should pass, then and only then will I accept the death of Optimus.

  11. Hey Prime wassup bro, what happen to that Shia dude? “He lied to us”. -Marky Mark- impression.

    • You sir just made my day (on the interwebz that is)
      Oh and hopefully marky mark will finally make the movie more serious!

    • yjffghhkjkrö

    • lol

  12. Somewhere between action and comedy? Duh?

    I will try to make it with 50X the boom then Transformers 3, and less talking and story then Transformers 2.

    And for all you haters, Mark is a great guy, and a great actor too. For me, a great actor is someone who does not question authority like a certain fox (pun intended) I know. He does action, so I think this movie will be like the movie sometimes on Spike TV, I forget the name, but its a show where they show buildings being blown up, it will be like that, but for 2 hours and starring Marky Mark!

    Sounds good, huh?

    • The guy partially blinded a Vietnamese man, and beat another while shouting racist abuse him. A “great man” is a bit of a stretch, even if he was a teen/young adult when he did it (considering the last time I checked he hadn’t even gone to see and apologise to the man he blinded because Marky Mark had forgiven himself, which is all that matters…)

      Decent actor, though. But eh. No thanks.

  13. The Real Michael Bay: What are your thoughts on this? Why would you cast a quality actor who has been nominated for an oscar? Wouldn’t you rather just have more explosions?

  14. Wahlberg’s a better actor than LaBeouf, but his studio fare is usually where he does his worst work (Max Payne, The Happening, Contraband, etc.). Almost nothing about this movie, short of Daniel Day-Lewis mocapping and voicing the new villain, would make me un-skeptical about the prospect of another Bayformers.

    • Daniel Day-Lewis’ robot would be an evil Abrahamesque Unicron disciple with a robot top-hat that transformed into an angry urinal. It would spout rhetoric through the whole movie, kill Optimus a couple of times, then get dispatched quickly at the end. For comedy relief the robot would drink milk through a straw and snort it out of its nose. In an effort to increase the boom, it would be lactose intolerant due to some chemical reaction between energon-crystal and milk, which would cause it to fart explosions.

      Go Michael Boom!

      BAYSPLOSIONS!

      • The mid-credits scene would see the Daniel Day Abraham Bot lying down in a puddle of milk. Its hat would roll away, transform into the angry urinal, then flush out a urinal cake. The urinal cake would transform, revealing that it was controlling the Daniel Day-Bot.

        Transformers 5: “Head”Masters

  15. Optimus Prime’s mother??? Who’s voicing that!? Sally Fields? While we have Daniel Day Lewis Abrahamesque robot with top hats and his Ulyesses-esque general robot sidekick. Fighting a Robert E Lee style villain from the southern Cybertron army.

    It goes on for 3 hours of talking, and 5 minutes of Boom.

    Is then considered Bay’s best film of all time. But Day Lewis takes the Oscar home. Then Bay writes an angry public letter about how ungrateful Day Lewis is. Since he launched his career.

    Transformers 5: “Michael Bay is still not happy”.

  16. Need more action from the main villain. They completely pissed me off with the way they used Shockwave

  17. Need more action from the main villain. They completely ticked me off with the way they used Shockwave

  18. I have a bad feeling about this…

  19. I hate Marky Mark. Wasn’t going to see this anyways though. This is just another reason to not see it. I am disappointed they didn’t go for a female lead though

  20. Michael Bay really should take a break from directing for a few years to learn how to direct again… He lost any technique he might have had pre-Transformers.. Gone are the days of being lauded for the The Rock now he’s derided and rightly so for just not being that good anymore.

  21. With this kind of actor in,we can bet he wouldn’t accept less screen time…means less robots again :( Bay learned nothing,he puts humans always first !

  22. Guys, they’re never going to make a purely robot movie with no humans. They still have to appeal to the *general* audience, and they’re unlikely to show up in droves if they haven’t got humans to root for. Boring, I know, but you’ve gotta get used to it.

  23. Optimus : Mom, can I go over to Meggy’s to Play?

    Motherimus Prime : Opty, honey you know I do not like you playing with the Megatron kid, he is bad news.

    Optimus : MOM! He is like my bestest friend in the whole world!

    Motherimus : Optimus Prime, you listen here young man, you are not to play with him, he is bad news. Do you understand me?

    Optimus : THIS IS NOT FAIR! YOU DONT TREAT ME LIKE AN ADULT! I HATE YOU!

    Motherimus: OPTIMUS JACOB PRIME…YOU MARCH YOUR WAY UP STAIRS AN INTO YOUR GARAGE TILL YOUR FATHER COMES HOME! I WILL NOT TAKE THAT TONE OF VOICE IN MY HOUSE!

    Optimus When I grow up I am leaving here and joining the Decepticons!

    Motherimus : Oh Hell No..

    Optimus : MOM!

    Tire Tracks all over the walls…Mom Catches Optimus and removes her fan belt and proceeds to whip Prime…..Prime Robot dog Sparky is barking loudly.

    A Large Sputtering Mack Truck rolls up…Transforms and oh crap…Ultra Fathernus is home!

    Fathernus : Honey! I’m home!

    Motherimus : YOUR BOY IS OUT OF CONTROL! HE GOT MY OIL BOILING HOT! I BLEW A GASKET..AND WHEN I SAY I BLEW A GASKET…I BLEW A GASKET! Better talk to your son or so help me!

    Fathernus : Relax, I will go talk to him, he is a kid, but he is our only child..hes spoiled. And, not to change the subject, whats for dinner?

    Motherimus: Roasted Bolts and Screws in an energon sauce, and Oil Filter Filets and I made some of those Prestone glazed rubber cakes you like.

    Fathernus : Oh honey, you are the best

    • Jeff, that was thoroughly entertaining, but you need to get out more, bruh.

      • Nah, I had down time, in LA While me wife went on a shopping spree to end all shopping sprees.

        Now that I am in Hawaii doing some Multi Branch training. Ahh Military Life

  24. This just calls for Kofi’s great Mark Wahlberg impression on the next podcast. Don’t disappoint us! ;)

  25. Mark is great at what he does. But dont mess the sequals up by replacing shyla. Dont make the mistake he has been perfect for the roll.

  26. “Aim for the Bushes”

  27. Eh

  28. Mark Wahlberg?!?! This guy sucks! The build up to all his films is great, and you think ” wow this could be a cool movie” and every time I walk out out of the theater thinking ” why did I just see that?? I just wasted 2 hours of my life on that?!? The S.O.B. did it to me again!”! This one can wait until it becomes a rental, or better yet until it shows up on FX. Whatever happen to Jadon Statham being in this anyway?

  29. Darker? I’ve heard that one before..

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