‘Transformers 4′ Finds Its Young Human Leads? [Updated]

Published 2 years ago by , Updated December 12th, 2012 at 2:58 pm,

Transformers 4 Mark Wahlberg Optimus Transformers 4 Finds Its Young Human Leads? [Updated]

[UPDATE: Michael Bay Says reports of this casting are completely false.]

New flesh-and-blood players are coming aboard for Michael Bay’s Transformers 4 (not the official title), for reasons of allowing the sci-fi franchise to move forward in a different direction without being rebooted. Similarly, there are going to some new robot characters appearing in the film, for reasons of Hasbro heads wanting to make more money on merchandise and toys.

At first, initial reports pegged the TF4 human leads as a high school girl and her car-racing boyfriend. That suggests this could be the rare Bay-directed film with a female protagonist; however, those characters are perhaps too close for comfort to Megan Fox and Shia LaBeouf’s in the first couple Transformers movies – and thus, indicate the fourth chapter won’t be as ‘serious’ as promised.

Things have changed a bit since then, as Interwebz rumors about Mark Wahlberg signing on for TF4 (being fresh off shooting Pain & Gain with Bay) inspired its director and screenwriter Ehren Kruger (Transformers: Dark of the Moon) to bring the actor onboard – and make any script changes accordingly, to accommodate having the big-name star occupy an important role. Hence, Wahlberg is now one of the leads in the film, playing the father to the aforementioned young woman (with casting for the latter role ongoing for the past month or so).

Twitch is reporting that the roles of Wahlberg’s daughter and her boyfriend have been landed by candidates previously-shortlisted for the respective parts – namely, Nicola Peltz (The Last Airbender) and Brenton Thwaites (Home and Away).

UPDATE: Bay himself is denying this rumor, going so far as to post on his personal Website: “Actor announcement on some web sites last night about Transformer cast joining Mark are completely false.” Obviously, for now, the money is on this being strictly a RUMOR.

transformer 4 peltz thwaites Transformers 4 Finds Its Young Human Leads? [Updated]

Nicola Peltz and Brenton Thwaites

Peltz and Thwaites are essentially newcomers – as far as the average Transformer fan is concerned – given the obscure nature of Thwaites’ television work here in the States; not to mention, Last Airbender didn’t exactly give Peltz an opportunity to shine. As it were, both have started to make a name for themselves, with Peltz appearing in the buzzed-about Bates Motel TV series and Thwaites showing up in Disney’s Maleficent movie starring Angelina Jolie.

That’s to say: the pair are in pretty much an identical position as Fox and LaBeouf before they starred in the first Transformers. Whether or not Peltz and Thwaites’ characters will mark an improvement on Mikaela and Sam – or feel like uninspired variations – remains to be seen.

In case you missed it, Bay previously offered the following about the story for TF4:

 “The movie is going to continue 4 years on from the attack on Chicago which was in the last movie. So it’s going still to have the same lineage but going in a full, new, different direction and it actually feels really natural how it is going in that direction.”


Transformers 4 (still awaiting the official subtitle) will hit theaters June 29th, 2014.

Source: Twitch

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  1. Hahaha that girl was so terrible in airbender, but that whole movie was bad.

    • I always hear people say that, but I thought it was very accurate with the story-line from the TV show (which surprised me). It’s not easy to stuff 20 episodes into one movie, but they did a decent job of it.
      Both me and my kids loved it.

      I wasn’t overly happy with their casting for Ang or Zuko, but other than that, it was worth watching and maybe even adding to the DVD collection.

      • You must the only person in the world that enjoyed that movie.

        • I don’t think it is a horrible as people make it out to be. Not as good as the series of course, but killed a couple hours for me in an enjoyable manner.

          • It is as horrible as people say, it is s***.
            Sham-mylan made it because his wife suggested it and he butchered it.

            • Most people who hate the movie most likely hate it only because M. Night made it. I thought it was a good movie that captured some of the main elements of the show.

                • Heck, I’m not a fan of the TV series and neither do I hate Shyamalan – I still hated that movie.

                  I mean, fan expectations aside, the movie objectively sucked. s*** casting. Lousy dialogue. Lousy acting. Sub-par CGI. At most I can give them a pass for the plot (because they decided to compress a whole season’s worth of storyline, for whatever reason) but just about everything else about it sucked.

                • hey, at least it wasn’t as bad as dragonball.

              • Nah, I’m pretty lenient on M, and that was a truly awful film. It was so bad I couldn’t even watch it to make fun of it. So disappointed.

                • Yeah dude not gonna lie, me too. I even enjoyed parts of The Happening(not the whole thing but let’s be honest, that lawn mower scene was friggin creepy haha) and Iiiiii didn’t make it all the way through it, which is rare for me, I made it through Twilight XD

                  • Oh snap, me too! I thought people were wayyyy too harsh on The Happening. Yeah the whole “plants kill you” is silly, but it was still a creepy film.

                    Damn, M, why’d you go and let us down like that?

        • I enjoyed the movie. Ive seen nothing of the cartoons or any comic series of it. It was a fresh story for me and I thought it was good. Couldve been better but it was the start of a series. It should be allowed to continue.

        • @THGhost

          No, he’s not. I never saw a single episode of the original series so I don’t think I was weighed down with expectations, but I enjoyed it, probably better than some of MNS other films (The Village, The Happening, both crap).

          • Shamalamadingdongs films are not greatest of films but some are worth watching. I only liked “The Happening” because I really like movies where the world ends.

            • End of the world movies are just the best.

            • @leathercheerio

              I don’t mind EoTW movies either, The Happening was not a very good example of that though, had some interesting moments but as a whole it was just bad.

              Knowing was another film which turned out to be an EoTW movie but you didn’t get a sense of that until those weird aliens suddenly showed up. Seemed like a paranormal thriller to me but then it just turned weird and stupid.

      • not the only,liked it as well ! never watched the tv show ! Maybe thats the secret !

    • I didn’t even see the movie and I”m ver proud that I didn’t man lol

      • He couldnt even get the names right. Though the story was fine, he butchered every character and took away all the humor.

    • Yeah true Last air bender shouldn’t of been made. All those kids at the time lack the skill for such a film that many had high expectations for, Personally I think she acted out her part well. So called kid that played the airbender blew chunks. Thought I wish she showed more emotion she really can get hot headed and vent when her brother gets into it in the TV series she failed to radiate that kind of emotion in the movie. I blame the director not her for accepting it as is.

  2. i hope they dont have to big of a role in the film. i would like the film to focus more on the adult characters.

    • Sorry, did you forget the primary goal of this film is sell toys?

      • That’s a Bingo! (Is that how you say it?)

        • I see what you did there.

  3. I was actually pretty interested when Wahlberg was attached, but this casting news/minor plot detail shot nearly all interest I have out the window.

    • Ditto. Whalberg as the star had me excited after a disappointing parts 2 and 3. Now that excitement is gone and I will expect another disappointing experience. I’ll probably only check this out on cheap night.

  4. The Last Airbender girl (nominated for a Razzie) does not sound promising… at all.

    • You know that a good chunk of the Transformers 2 and 3 cast was nominated for a razzie right?

      Outside of Transformers Sandra bullock. Angelina Jolie, Halley berry, and Natalie Portman were all nominated for a razzie.

      I am not trying to compare any one to any one. And i am not saying Nicola Peltz is a good or bad actress. What i am trying to say is this…

      What is your point? The razzies shouldn’t be taken so seriously.

      • “The razzies shouldn’t be taken so seriously.”

        And neither should the Oscars.

  5. I would have liked to see them do a more serious (in tone) story line with Wahlberg heading up the human cast. But with the kids…idk. I guess the producers have already made it clear they’re trying to sell toys so it is what it is.

    • I really think they should with a Transfomers/military movie and drop the kids. Actually I think they ought to just go all out and make it Transformers/GI Joe crossover movie.

    • It’s the same old formula, repackaged to make people think it’s a new story and better. Bay can KISS MY A$$

  6. Hmmm. I think that Transformers could work with younger/kids playing significant roles – it all depends on the story, screenplay and director.

  7. I don´t see the problem with the kids. There were always kids in the cartoon. All that bothers me is the “It’s going still to have the same lineage but going in a full, new, different direction and it actually feels really natural how it is going in that direction.” part. It´s Michael Bay, and as we all know, there´s never a “full, new, different direction” in his movies, and there´s no chance that it´ll feel “really natural”.

  8. A female protagonist would be great to see, but stay away from the stereotypes. The lead should be Katniss-strong with Kat Dennings’ Max from 2 Broke Girls attitude and snap. She shouldn’t need a boyfriend… but I’m not the director.

  9. Woah wait a minute what is this? Michale bay casted a female character lead that is not super model hot? I do not know how I should feel about this.

  10. Looks like we’re gonna see kataras bra and panties.

    • The girl is a minor right now, so maybe you shouldn’t be saying that online.

        • If only…

        • She’ll probably be 18 by the time shooting starts, so you’ll get to see Bay’s oversexualized portrayal barely legal girls.

  11. After seeing all Three movies in the theathers…4…if i count the TRUE ANIMATED MOVIE CLASSIC…I will definately be sitting this one out. Why should I waste my money on the same production crew and director for the 4th time? No thanks. It’ll be available for download the same day, if not before the movie is released !

  12. There was no Avatar movie
    There was no Avatar movie
    There was no Avatar movie
    There was no Avatar movie
    There was no Avatar movie
    There was no Avatar movie

  13. What are they thinking ?? I don’t want to see a baby girl like Nicola Peltz she looks like 12 . I wanna see a hot attractive girl like Megan Fox or the other girl from TF3. Am I the only one ???

    What about Mark I thought he was a main character not a supportive actor. I want to see Mark in the first role with big guns and Adult action like Die HArd not some kiddies love stories with the Transformer on the back ground.

    What next Baby Transformers . What a joke LOL

    • Ahh #1 Jeff

      No, you are not alone.

  14. First off, I’m a real big of the Transformers movies. Oddly enough, as bad as it was, I enjoyed the hell outta the TF2 (to be fair, I was 13 when it came out so judge me if you want) But honestly, neither of these kids would have even remotely been on my list of casting choices. Heck I probably would have stayed away from adding more kids to the Transformers movies period, but since Transformers is pretty much set out to appeal to the younger crowd in some way, it’s hard to avoid.

    I know it’s a long shot BUT I guess if Bay & Co. can keep the story for these two kids relevant to the story, I think I’ll be fine. IMHO Michael Bay did a decent job handling Rosie Huntington-Whitely as a newcomer actress in TF3 so I think I can trust him (at least a little bit…maybe) with these two kids. I haven’t seen The Last Airbender nor have I seen Home & Away so I have no clue how either of their acting chops are.

  15. car-racing ? hmm… smells like Hot Rod :)

  16. Well, I suppose this is one way of responding to criticism. We asked for a movie that did not focus on two attractive stars with no acting ability, so they gave us exactly what we asked for, a movie that focuses on two unattractive stars with no acting ability.

  17. Mmmm they’ve switched it so that now the young male lead is the eye candy instead of another Megan Fox. I hope we get to see some gratuitous bulge shots from Brenton Thwaites…yummy ;) Will definitely bring more women into the cinema…and of course…me. Yummy ;)

  18. Seems this movie is made for the Twilight and Hunger Games Crowd !
    They never care about us,they care about Money,and they think younger people spend mostly of their money in cinema !

    Not those old guys from the 80′s who grew up watching it when ever they could ! We do not matter to them ! Simple as that !

    • And exactly what age were you when the Transformers came out in the early 80′s??? My point exactly…

  19. just bring on the robot characters!

  20. Micheal bay on his website said this is fasle news

  21. Yeah yeah! Nicola Peltz and that guy she is with will do! Better hope she gets the part cause there is no one else popular enough to play Mark Wahlberg’s daughter but her!! So you all better hope that she and that boy get it because if Bay doesn’t cast her, I will not be happy.

  22. I liked (but not loved)’Dark’ and LOVED Carly’s comment about Megatron becoming Sentinel’s b***h, I get ever so tired of seeing those damsel in distress plot lines that come up in SO many movies these days. I would really love to see a female protagonist without the accompanying guy to help get her out of trouble. Or even a group of them, kind of like the dream personas of Babydoll, Rocket, Amber, Blondie and Sweet Pea in ‘Sucker Punch’. Why can’t women save the world for a change?

    • Sucker Punch, meh. Even though those women saved the ‘imaginary’ world through bad-assery, in the real world it was erotic dance and stripping.

      Even a movie where the women are strong, they resort to the tried and true erotic stripping lure…(which was enough to get me in the theater to watch it, lol).

  23. bombaclaat how the hell they going cast this girl!!!! SHE CAN’T EVEN ACT……she best not screw up this whole f***** movie!!!!!