Even though Michael Bay’s Transformers series has featured quite a few really great actors such as John Turturro, John Malkovich, Frances McDormand, and Jon Voight, these guys are mostly relegated to plot-moving scenes, when they should be leading the entire feature. But that’s all in the past, and Transformers 4, with its shorter time, redesign, and new cast, is looking more and more like Bay’s own little mini-reboot.
Transformers 4 has landed a winner by signing Kelsey Grammer to play the lead bad guy. A real one, though, as he won’t just be lending his distinctive voice to something CGI.
Grammer of course became a household name as Dr. Frasier Crane in the long-running Emmy Award-winning series Cheers, and then in the long-running Emmy Award-winning series Frasier, and then moved on to a string of short-lived series, the strongest of which was Starz’s Boss. His film career hasn’t been that prolific, with films like Down Periscope, Middle Men, and An American Carol not exactly winning over memory banks. Though he was great as Beast in X-Men: The Last Stand, that film isn’t worth talking about.
As Harold Attinger, Grammer will play a counter-intelligence agent who will no doubt butt heads with good guy lead Mark Wahlberg at some point. Transformers 4, which starts production in July, will also star Stanley Tucci, Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor, and most importantly, not Megan Fox. It’s schedule for a June 27, 2014 release, probably in 4D and Lifescope or some other ridiculous format.