So, a few weeks back there was a Big Giant Rumor that Mark Wahlberg was in discussions with Michael Bay to play the lead in the new-and-improved Transformers 4. It made sense. Wahlberg is a decent box office draw, and he’s just been working with Bay on the weight-lifting flick Pain & Gain. So why not Wahlberg? That question was answered the very next day, when Bay took to his official webpage to explain that the Wahlberg rumor was just that and nothing more — rumor. He and Wahlberg had been discussing an unnamed future project, but it wasn’t Transformers. Except…now it seems that Bay may have changed his mind.
See, it appears that random “internet chatter” can make dreams come true, Charlie Brown! Here’s what Bay had to say:
I squashed a rumor that was on the internet last week. It was about Mark Walhberg. Mark was rumored to be [starring] 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.
There you have it. The Internet has earned the thanks of a grateful Bay. It’s certainly not an official confirmation that Wahlberg has the part, but Bay is at least considering it. Or, depending on how cynical you are, he really was targeting Wahlberg for the T4 lead, quickly denied it after the news leaked out, and then decided to save face by way of “internet chatter” giving him some ideas. Hey, it’s Hollywood, baby. Who the hell knows?
For those of you who missed the original story, Wahlberg’s rumored role was to be the male lead of Transformers 4, a guy who has a teenage daughter who would then be positioned to be the lead of any further Transformers sequels. It’s all hearsay and speculation at this point, but don’t be too surprised if the opening credits of the next Transformers movie have Wahlberg’s name in them.