UPDATE 11/8: Michael Bay has taken to his site to confirm that Mark Wahlberg is now the star of Transformers 4. He says, “Mark is awesome. We had a blast working on Pain and Gain and I’m so fired up to be back working with him. An actor of his caliber is the perfect guy to reinvigorate the franchise and carry on the Transformers’ legacy."
They've also debuted the logo for the sequel, which you can see below.
Original story, published 11/7/12:
This may not be the first case of an Internet rumor fueling real-life casting decisions, but it's one of those rare occasions where a filmmaker has fessed up to that actually being the case. Not long ago there was a rumor that Michael Bay was interested in casting Mark Wahlberg in Transformers 4 after the two hit it off on Bay's upcoming dark comedy Pain and Gain. One of the reasons why we like Bay so much is that he's almost always the first one to go on record when it comes to rumors regarding his projects, and soon after the Wahlberg thing hit he denied it on his site, saying it was "just a rumor" and that "Mark and I are talking about another film project."
Well guess who's decided to switch gears on that thinking? Now we're not sure if Bay denied it because it wasn't true or because he wanted to keep it secret, but regardless Bay now claims there may be more to this after all. Here's what the director had to say on his website:
"I squashed a rumor that was on the Internet last week. It was about Mark Walhberg. Mark was rumored to be staring in Transformers 4. We are working on another movie together, not T4. I had such a great time working with Mark on Pain and Gain, and he gave such a great performance – well let’s say that very Internet chatter gave me some ideas. We are at the inception of our story process right now on T4. Let’s say some ideas are gaining traction with me and my writer – so I’m here to say thanks Internet chatter."
Still early, but it looks like Wahlberg may have a role in the next Transformers movie after all. Does that mean his Pain and Gain costar Dwayne Johnson won't be too far behind? Not sure about you, but we'd like to see Johnson's muscles take on a Decepticon or two. [via CBM]
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