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Mark Wahlberg Reveals His Transformers: Age of Extinction Character

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With Transformers: Age of Extinction at the center of summer 2014, Michael Bay will deliver a new Transformers movie unlike anything we’ve seen before. Age of Extinction will feature new Autobots and Decepticons like the Dinobots and the villain Cyclonus, but it will also feature a family with Mark Wahlberg’s Cade Yaeger at the center of the action. This is the first Transformers movie that has some real Hollywood star power behind it, so it’s going to be interesting to see how Age of Extinction will perform at the box office with Mark Wahlberg in the lead.

In an interview, Wahlberg explains how he got involved with Transformers: Age of Extinction. The two biggest reasons why Mark Wahlberg agreed to star in the new film are his children and getting another opportunity to work with Michael Bay after starring in Pain & Gain. Wahlberg explained:

“Well, it was exciting because it was the first time my kids were really interested in a movie I was doing. Any time they see me with a gun, like Contraband or Pain & Gain, they want to see that, too, but they can’t because of the language and all that stuff. But I loved working with Michael Bay, and I thought he had a really interesting way to make it new, different, and fresh. Plus, being in movies that have the potential to be hugely successful allows me to make smaller movies that I’m really passionate about.”

As for Age of Extinction, Mark Wahlberg reveals a few descriptions and backstory for his character Cade Yaeger, a single father and struggling inventor. This is the first Transformers movie that will feature a family unit at the center of its story and action. According to Wahlberg, Age of Extinction will be a good one-off film from the existing trilogy. He continued:

“It was a tighter script, and its own stand-alone thing. I think the emotional core of it, the human element, is going to be extremely powerful. It’s an ordinary man trying to do extraordinary things to save his daughter and keep her alive—and this boyfriend he didn’t know anything about. He’d had a child when he was in high school and his wife passed away, and the promise he’d made to her was that she wouldn’t date any boys until she graduated and that she’d be at the graduation—because we weren’t due to the pregnancy. So there’s an anchor to it and a realness to it that I like a lot.”

Recently, one of Age of Extinction’s producers Allegra Clegg, visited the children of Detroit’s Durfee Elementary-Middle School in a promotional campaign to encourage school attendance. During Clegg’s visit, she answered any questions about the new Transformers film, while she also gave the school’s students advice on how to break into the entertainment and film industry. Allegra Clegg also screened three minutes of footage from Transformers 4 on behalf of Paramount Pictures and Michael Bay.

Age of Extinction takes place four years after Dark of the Moon and centers on an inventor named Cade, his teenaged daughter Tessa, and her boyfriend Shane, as they “discover a buried Transformer which sets the stage for the return of the rest of the Transformers.” The new Transformers film features new Autobots and Decepticons. The film also stars Nicola Peltz and Jack Reynor, as well as Stanley Tucci, Sophia Myles, T.J. Miller, Victoria Summer, Li Bingbing, Titus Welliver, Kelsey Grammer, and Peter Cullen as Optimus Prime.

Transformers: Age of Extinction hits theaters everywhere on June 27, 2014, in 3D and IMAX.

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