He swore he’d never go back, but Transformers 4 is indeed coming to pass with Michael Bay at the helm, and it’s currently slated for a June 27, 2014 release date.
Mark Wahlberg is going to star, and Mark is also in Bay’s dark comedy, Pain and Gain, which hits theaters on April 26. But there’s also a complete newcomer coming to the party, along with another interesting Trasnformers development that is now hitting the web.
Along with Wahlberg, the next Transformers is going to star Jack Reynor, a new kid on the blockbuster block. As Entertainment Weekly
notes, Bay made the triumphant announcement on his website:
"I just hired a great new actor to star against Mark Wahlberg. Jack Reynor is an Irish kid that came to America with 30 bucks in his pocket. Pretty ballsy. I spotted him in a great little Irish movie, What Richard Did. This kid is the real deal."
Bay also revealed some plot snippers on his site, and once again, he insists, "Transformers 4 is not a reboot. The movie takes place exactly 4 years after the war in Chicago. The story makes a very natural transition, and [the] reason as to why [is] we have a whole new cast. This Transformers will feel very different then [sic] the last three. We are embarking on a new trilogy."
Wait, wait a second. A new Transformers TRILOGY? And this is after Bay had to be dragged kicking and screaming back to the Transformers franchise in the first place? At the moment, it’s not clear if there’s indeed going to be three more movies, or if Bay misquoted himself, but you also wonder if Bay is catching Star Wars fever by doing this.
Now don’t forget, this news is coming from Bay himself, who’s well known to change his mind repeatedly, as well as going on lengthy net rants, then trying to erase it all later, so take it for what it’s worth. We’re still a good year and a half away from the next Transformers, and if you love the series, it seems like we may have even more Transformers flicks for many years to come.