Subsequent to filming beginning in London and Detroit, Transformers 5 – the currently-untitled installment in Paramount Pictures and Hasbro’s Transformers movie franchise – is now looking to fill out its supporting cast around returning lead actor Mark Whalberg. Once again featuring Michael Bay as the director and executive producer, the latest installment in the Transformers series might just be the “biggest” on yet – seeing as it’s serving as the kick-off point for a larger Transformers shared universe, with subsequent installments planned until 2025 (including the recently announced Bumblebee spinoff film).
John Wick cinematographer John Sela is now in place as as the director of photography on Transformers 5, while Nickelodeon actress Isabela Moner has landed a starring role in the film alongside Wahlberg. The latest report on the project puts another up and coming Hollywood talent as a member of the upcoming robots-in-disguise tentpole cast, too.
According to The Wrap, Jerrod Carmichael has just joined the cast of Transformers 5, leading one to believe that the actor/comedian will be serving as a source of comedic relief in Bay’s next Transformers installment. Paramount has yet to comment on the news about Carmichael’s casting in an official capacity, but it looks to be all but a done deal at the moment – and that Carmichael will indeed be joining Whalberg and Moner in the movie (which is slated to mark Bay’s final turn as director on the Transformers film series… for real, this time).
Coming off of the mainstream success of his supporting role in the surprise hit, college comedy Neighbors back in 2014, and following his more recent success as the star performer and lead talent on his own original sitcom The Carmichael Show on NBC, Carmichael should be able to hold his own in Transformers 5, provided he continues to bring his aforementioned A-game. Backed by a script from Oscar-winning screenwriter Akiva Goldsman (The 5th Wave), Carmichael should have no trouble finding his footing in the latest Bay production based on the popular Hasbro toy line.
Until Transformers 5 finally rolls out in theaters come June 2017, fans of the money-making genre hit will just have to wait and see what is to become of Wahlberg and company. In the meantime, viewers can take a look back at the preceding four films in the Transformers franchise, and await the final directing job from longtime series director and visual provocateur Michael Bay.
Transformers 5 will see theatrical release in the U.S. on June 23rd, 2017, followed by the Bumblebee spinoff on June 8th, 2018, and Transformers 6 on June 28th, 2019.
Source: The Wrap