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Is Mark Wahlberg in talks with Michael Bay to star in Transformers 4?

Oct. 23, 2012by: Niki Stephens

UPDATE:  Well, apparently Michael Bay REALLY doesn't want us to be misled on this as he has addressed the casting rumor via his own site with this little tidbit:

The Mark Wahlberg T4 rumor is just a rumor.

Mark and I are talking about another film project.

-Michael

So, straight from the director, it appears the Wahlberg rumor is false...until it isn't.  Wahlberg is busy preparing for Peter Berg's LONE SURVIVOR, while Bay finishes up PAIN AND GAIN, before jumping back into the money-printing machine that is the TRANSFORMERS franchise for a fourth outing.  We'll continue to wait with bated breath to see who Bay casts.  Right?

- Paul Shirey

Hang on, I thought that the protagonist for TRANSFORMERS 4 was going to be a female...

According to Twitch, Michael Bay is in very early talks with Mark Wahlberg to take the lead in the fourth film of the franchise. Now this could be plausible since Bay and Wahlberg have been working together on PAIN & GAIN. For right now just consider any news related to this a rumor until Bay takes to his own webpage, or the studio makes a statement.

They also state that writer for the second and third Transformer installments, Ehren Kruger is working on that script that includes, "an adult star (the part being discussed with Wahlberg) and his teenage child with the idea being that the child would then grow to be the focus of subsequent entries in the series."

Thoughts on the situation if it is indeed true? It would still make money. If it's got Transformers, and as long as the lead isn't "insert terrible joke actor here" then it should be fine. I'm not as emotionally invested in this franchise as most, so maybe you guys have some more inspired opinions on the topic.

Extra Tidbit: Who would YOU like to see cast in a fourth Transformers?
Source: Twitch

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8:10PM on 10/23/2012
I like Wahlberg, but it's gonna be shit no matter who they cast
I like Wahlberg, but it's gonna be shit no matter who they cast
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8:27PM on 10/23/2012

Oh......dear........god.......no!

It's simple. If Oscar winner Frances McDormand, who is a great actress, could be in TF3 and look bad then anyone would, including Mark Wahlberg. Please Mark, I'm speaking to you as a friend and admirer, I know the money these movies make is boat's load, but honestly it's the Twilight series of guy films. Don't do it!
It's simple. If Oscar winner Frances McDormand, who is a great actress, could be in TF3 and look bad then anyone would, including Mark Wahlberg. Please Mark, I'm speaking to you as a friend and admirer, I know the money these movies make is boat's load, but honestly it's the Twilight series of guy films. Don't do it!
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10:57PM on 10/23/2012
That's not a bad description. And I kind of liked the first one.
That's not a bad description. And I kind of liked the first one.
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9:38PM on 10/23/2012
I like Mark Wahlberg so hopefully it'll turn out to be something interesting. Mark to Michael Bay - "Say hi to Optimus Prime for me.".
I like Mark Wahlberg so hopefully it'll turn out to be something interesting. Mark to Michael Bay - "Say hi to Optimus Prime for me.".
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10:07PM on 10/23/2012
I guess Michael Bay needs a break from ruining the acting cred of everyone thats ever been in a Coen Brothers movie.
I guess Michael Bay needs a break from ruining the acting cred of everyone thats ever been in a Coen Brothers movie.
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10:57PM on 10/23/2012

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I2r_qjEH
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Link says all
Link says all
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11:08PM on 10/23/2012
I think Mark Wahlberg has found his true calling in comedy (Date Night, The Other Guys, Ted...he was great in all of those). I don't think I want to see him try to be an action star again. Well, at least he'd be better than Shia LaBeouf.
I think Mark Wahlberg has found his true calling in comedy (Date Night, The Other Guys, Ted...he was great in all of those). I don't think I want to see him try to be an action star again. Well, at least he'd be better than Shia LaBeouf.
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1:17AM on 10/24/2012
F the haters!! T1 and T3 we're damn good entertainment!!
F the haters!! T1 and T3 we're damn good entertainment!!
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12:11PM on 10/24/2012
Thank you! It's not masterpiece theater but it's still fun to watch.
Thank you! It's not masterpiece theater but it's still fun to watch.
2:02AM on 10/24/2012
If he wants to completely sell out and lose some of my respect. It' not a great idea.
If he wants to completely sell out and lose some of my respect. It' not a great idea.
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3:55AM on 10/24/2012
for his sake i hope not!
for his sake i hope not!
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5:54AM on 10/24/2012
Could they lock him in to do this series for the rest of his "acting" career? If so, I approve of this utterly shitty casting!
Could they lock him in to do this series for the rest of his "acting" career? If so, I approve of this utterly shitty casting!
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8:19AM on 10/24/2012
As long as he can shout " O O O O O P P P P P T T T T I I I I I I M M M M U U U U U S S S S S S " while things explode in slow motion behind him he'll do just fine.
As long as he can shout " O O O O O P P P P P T T T T I I I I I I M M M M U U U U U S S S S S S " while things explode in slow motion behind him he'll do just fine.
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8:22AM on 10/24/2012

Marky Mark.

YO OPTIMUS WHY DON'T YA SHUT THE FUCK UP.
YO OPTIMUS WHY DON'T YA SHUT THE FUCK UP.
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11:35AM on 10/24/2012

Imagine...

Marky Mark and Bumble Bee sitting on the couch, getting high and watching FLASH GORDON!
Marky Mark and Bumble Bee sitting on the couch, getting high and watching FLASH GORDON!
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10:36PM on 10/24/2012
How about an actual transformer as the main character? I could not give two shits about any of the human characters that have appeared in any of the three films and actively wished horrible deaths on most of them.
How about an actual transformer as the main character? I could not give two shits about any of the human characters that have appeared in any of the three films and actively wished horrible deaths on most of them.
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