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Mark Wahlberg cast by Michael Bay in “Transformers 4″

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“After an exceptionally successful collaboration on the upcoming ‘Pain and Gain,’ Michael Bay has cast Academy Award-nominee Mark Wahlberg in the highly anticipated ‘Transformers 4.’

The above statement is the opening line of a press release Paramount Pictures sent out confirming that the Internet has won. After a report had come out last month claiming Michael Bay and Mark Wahlberg were working together on a project that likely was “Transformers 4,” the Internet finally became excited about the new “Transformers” movie. But Bay quickly squashed that hope in a statement on his website where he said he and Wahlberg were working on a project together after “Pain and Gain” that wasn’t “Transformers 4.”

Well, that didn’t last long. Over the course of one week, Bay changed his mind and posted another statement claiming the excitement over Wahlberg’s admittedly false casting had the two men reconsidering their stance.

“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,'” Bay wrote. “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.”

That was a week ago. Now Wahlberg is confirmed as an actor in the movie. So, yes, thank you Internet chatter.

“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 re-invigorate the franchise and carry on the Transformers’ legacy,” Bay said in the release.

“Transformers 4″ is set to hit theaters on June 29, 2014. It will reportedly take place in the future and head to space. We’ll keep you posted on all the new details as they come out.

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Check Out the Spirit Awards Nominees for Best Male and Female Leads

Catch the 2016 Spirit Awards live Feb. 27th at 5P ET/2P PT on IFC.

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From Jason Segel’s somber character study of author David Foster Wallace, to Brie Larson’s devastating portrayal of a mother in captivity, the 2016 Spirit Awards nominees for Best Male and Female Leads represent the finest in the year of film acting. Take a look at the Best Male and Female Leads in action, presented by Jaguar.

Best Male Lead 

Christopher Abbott, James White
Abraham Attah, Beasts of No Nation
Ben Mendelsohn, Mississippi Grind
Jason Segel, The End of the Tour
Koudous Seihon, Mediterranea

Watch more Male Lead nominee videos here.

Best Female Lead 

Cate Blanchett, Carol
Brie Larson, Room
Rooney Mara, Carol
Bel Powley, The Diary of A Teenage Girl
Kitana Kiki Rodriguez, Tangerine

Watch more Female Lead nominee videos here.

“Transformers 4″ could have a female lead

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Here’s an interesting twist involving the upcoming fourth “Transformers” movie. According to new sources, the film might feature a female protagonist.

The news comes via Spoiler TV, so it is far from official. But the site reports that “Transformers 4″ will have two leads: a teenage woman and a man.

“The new female lead that they are looking for is a high school senior and her boyfriend a Texas racing driver,” the site writes.

That’s something of a chance of pace from the first three “Transformers” films, but we should remember that Sam Witwicky was a teenager when we first met him. He went off to college in “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen,” but he still was in high school in the first film.

Those aren’t the only new characters who will be in the flick. We learned back in September that there is going to be a new line-up of Autobots and Decepticons in this new film. It’s unclear if those will be newly created or just characters that weren’t in Michael Bay’s first three “Transformers” films.

“Transformers 4″ is set to hit theaters on June 29, 2014. It will reportedly take place in the future and head to space. We’ll keep you posted on all the new details as they come out.

Do you think having a female lead is a good change of pace for “Transformers 4″? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

“Transformers 4″ will have a “new cast” of Autobots and Decepticons

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Don’t expect to see many familiar faces when “Transformers 4″ hits theaters.

We already know that the original human cast of the series won’t be returning for the fourth “Transformers” film, but it turns out that we might be losing a lot more than just them. Hasbro President Brian Goldner spoke at the UBS Best of Americas 2012 Conference yesterday and reportedly claimed that “Transformers 4″ will introduce new Autobots and Decepticons.

“Transformers 4 will have a new cast of [robot] characters and it will be a story revolving around these new characters,” he said according to Comic Book Movie.

The reasoning, apparently, is because “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” didn’t do well for toy sales even though it did great in the box office. The third “Transformers” film didn’t introduce any new characters, so it didn’t make sense for audiences to buy new figurines. Introduce new Transformers and, boom, you have an increase in sales.

Based on Goldner’s statements, it’s clear that “Transformers” is a cash cow franchise more than anything else right now. The live action series is well passed its due date, but it continues to make boatloads of money and apparently serves Hasbro well in toy sales. We’ll likely get another trilogy out of the reboot of the franchise, despite the fact that Michael Bay plans on leaving after number four.

But the “Transformers” series is nothing without its robot leads, so it makes sense that Hasbro would introduce a new cast of characters. Even without the films, Hasbro, Paramount and DreamWorks could take the new Autobots and Decepticons to the small screen and create a new Saturday morning cartoon out of them. We get the mentality here, we just aren’t very happy about it.

“Transformers 4″ is set to hit theaters on June 29, 2014. It will reportedly take place in the future and head to space.

Do you think it’s a smart move to introduce new “Transformers” robots for the new series? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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