I’ve been hovering over the latest news on Michael Bay’s Transformers 4 project and rather than pump out every single thing that hits the web, I wait a bit.Â And sometimes, I’m glad I do/did.
First up was some story details…
Early Transformer 4 synopsis’ went like this:
Optimus Prime (Peter Cullen) returns with a new group of robot characters, and new male and female leads in “Transformers 4″. The story will take off where the last film left off in Chicago, and expand on the history of the first three films in the series.
This was off a casting call for the Paramount movie, looking for “The female lead role is a 17 to 19 year old Hispanic who can play high school senior age, and the male lead is an early twenties Texas race car driver who plays the female lead’s boyfriend.”
We also learned that TF4 will start shooting around April/May 2013 time frame.
For more on casting calls and auditions, see link below.
Of course, I’m sure you heard that Mark Wahlberg will be cast in the latest space robot movie, and how cool will that be, having this huge action star in the cast?
Then later story updates said that TF4 will pick up four years after the Chicago incident, and not right afterwards.
And that no, Wahlberg is not taking over LaBeouf’s role, but is a completely new character.
“No, no. The movie will continue four years from the Attack on Chicago; which is in the last movie. So itâ€™s going to still have the same lineage. And itâ€™s going a full new direction and feels very natural how itâ€™s going in that direction, there is no way youâ€™re going to ever find out what the story is because you’d have to dig through my trash but I shredded my trashâ€¦Pentagon level encryption on our computers. So good luck to ya!”
Rumors on who’s landing the young lead roles in Tranformers 4 included Isabelle Cornish, Gabriella Wilde, Nicola Peltz, and Margaret Qualley, along with Luke Grimes, Landon Liboiron, Brenton Thwaites, Hunter Parrish and Jack Reynor.
But then further rumors suggested that Nicola Peltz and Brenton Thwaites snagged the lead youth roles.Â But we haven’t seen official confirmation yet on that.
Wahlberg then confirmed his casting (I know, we now know, but here it is anyway) and in saying the following:
“I’m really excited about ‘Transformers,'” Wahlberg says. “Michael Bay and I just did ‘Pain & Gain’ and we had such a good time making it. He came to me and said, ‘I’m kind of doing a whole different reboot on ‘Transformers.’ Are you interested?’ I said, ‘Yeah, I’ll do it!’. I loved the idea and I think we can make something really cool and kick-ass. This is not something where it’s already established and I’m just in there to get a paycheck. I’m thinking this is the most important role of my career and I can do something really special.”
Of course, some nut job website unleashed a rumor that they got ahold of a copy of the script and are saying that the new bad guy Decepticon will be Unicorn.
WAIT!Â Before you get wound up about that, because Michael Bay himself came out from under the hood of a camera somewhere to let folks know this was a bit of bunk…
“Some Internet sites this morning reported that some document recovery guy has found a legitimate 120 page script of Transformers 4. I can absolutely 100 percent say this is completely false. The only two people in the world that have our unfinished script are Kruger and myself. Also we are only up to page 70 in our T4 script. Maybe this guy has a cartoon or something else â€“ but definitely not our movie! Bay”
So stay calm, this newest “leak” on a movie script was the usual media noise of some folk looking for attention for their website.
And that’s all I have for ya, for the moment…Â Â But what I do know… is that Transformers 4 is slated for a June 2014 theaterÂ release date.