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Michael Bay Doesn't Want Mark Wahlberg For 'Transformers 4,' But For A Different Project

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by Kevin Jagernauth
October 23, 2012 7:32 PM
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Update: Michael Bay has updated his site regarding this latest rumor and revealed the following: "The Mark Wahlberg T4 rumor is just a rumor. Mark and I are talking about another film project." So let speculation about one project end, and speculation about another project begin.

Just a couple of days ago, it was revealed that Hasbro posted their latest sales records, and earnings were down compared to last year. The culprit? Sales of "Transformers" toys had declined among other things. And while a new movie guarantees an uptick in toy sales, it's also about getting that core audience to care with an effort that will also appeal to those who may not know their Autobots from Decepticons. And while the first three movies in the franchise were massively successful, each making more than the last, it appears that Michael Bay and co. what to take their game even higher, courting a bonafide star to possibly lead the next installment.

Twitch reports that Bay is having "early conversations" with his "Pain And Gain" star Mark Wahlberg to appear in "Transformers 4." Again, we have to caution it's super early and may not pan out, but it does seem to indicate that the studio and toymaker want a bigger name than Shia LaBeouf (who has since exited the series anyway). But what about those rumors a few days ago that a female lead was being sought? Well, apparently the script by Ehren Kruger will focus on an adult and his teenage child, with latter being groomed to take over the series. Could that be where the female lead comes in? Lord know, you can sell more toys if girls want to buy them too.

But the ultimate question is: would Wahlberg even be interested? We don't see why not. Oddly enough, despite being very successful, Wahlberg hasn't had a franchise picture in years (you could probably have to go to "Max Payne" which was terrible, kiboshing that for a potential series). It may be one of the few feathers left to put in his already full cap. But then again, coming into a series on its fourth movie (even if it's positioned as a reboot or reinvention or whatever) may not be too appealing for an actor used to toplining his own pictures. And even more, he may not be eager to do it if the plan is write him out anyway. So we'll see how this goes...

Anyway, do you like Wahlberg for "Transformers 4"? Any else you'd like to see lead the movie? Let us know below. "Transformers 4" happens on June 29, 2014.

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12 Comments

  • Julio R | October 28, 2012 12:22 AMReply

    I feel like with all the main characters from the 1st 1 gone transformers 4 won't be the same especially without Shia labeouf

  • Todd Brown | October 24, 2012 11:11 AMReply

    It's worth pointing out that Michael Bay also publicly denied that Transformers 4 was happening at all, that Megatron would be in Transformers 2, etc etc.

  • DG | October 24, 2012 12:09 AMReply

    I feel like if I saw Micheal Bay at a party he would spit on me

  • FF | October 24, 2012 11:18 AM

    You mean the opposite,right?

  • AS | October 23, 2012 11:04 PMReply

    I would like Gasper Noe to make a 3 hour film about a man being dismembered slowly, staring Michael Bay.

  • Steven Flores | October 24, 2012 12:16 AM

    If I was a billionaire, I would so fund that project as long as we really do the actual deed.

  • Dontgetnastybro | October 23, 2012 10:54 PMReply

    There you have it. From the Bayster himself...

    http://michaelbay.com/?p=1276

  • JIM | October 23, 2012 8:43 PMReply

    ANYONE INVOLVED WITH TRANSFORMERS WILL BE KILLED!!!! YOU WILL BE SUED FIRST!!!! YOU WILL PAY IN THIS LIFE AND THE NEXT!!!!

  • OptimusBro | October 23, 2012 7:48 PMReply

    They should just stop fucking around and make the whole thing have no human characters. Just 5 hours of robots fighting and shit blowing up.

  • coke | October 23, 2012 9:28 PM

    But they need the hot woman to please the adolescent crowd ,remember?

  • w | October 23, 2012 8:53 PM

    Hahaha yes

  • KT | October 23, 2012 7:42 PMReply

    ... If it comes to fruition, I hope they make him part of the Witwicky family for continuity's sake.

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