Michael Bay’s latest flick, Pain & Gain, hits theaters this Friday, but for his next project he will once again return to the Transformers franchise. The director says Transformers 4 will be a complete re-design of the existing trilogy, but will take place in the same universe as the first three Transformers films. And no, we’re not entirely sure what that means either.
If Transformers 4 will be an extension of the original Transformers trilogy, could it feature some actors from the previous cast? Well, we can mark one name off the list for sure. While Michael Bay and Megan Fox have “kissed and made up,” and Fox will be featured as April O’Neil in the Bay-produced Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot, don’t expect her to be bending over any motor vehicles in the new Transformers flick. Michael Bay tells E! Online:
‘No. Because it’s a totally different story,’ Bay continued to explain. ‘It’s with Mark Wahlberg and his daughter (Nicola Peltz). It’s the same [world],’ Bay clarified, explaining that 4 will not be a complete reboot. ‘You have the three movies, but there’s a reason why there’s a new cast. And it’s explained very clearly when you see it, and it’s going to feel natural. So it’s not like we’re starting over or anything like that.’
After the release of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen in 2009, Michael Bay and Megan Fox had a falling out when the then 23-year-old actress compared the director to Adolf Hitler. Fox was later replaced with Victoria’s Secret model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in Transformers: Dark of the Moon in 2011.
Meanwhile, Transformers 4 actor Jack Reynor recently spoke about how different the new movie will be when compared to the first three Transformers films. While Reynor’s role in the film is unclear, the 21-year-old Irish actor talked about his first meeting with Bay and how he got the job. Reynor reveals:
‘All I knew was basically, Michael was going to make Transformers 4 and we were going to chat about me being in it,’ he says of the meeting. ‘We didn’t chat about making a fourth or any of the motives behind it. But personally, I think there’s a lot more to be done with it. There’s a whole new direction to take it in, and a lot more to explore in that universe, and I think we’re going to make a definitive step away from the previous movies, and this is going to be a lot of fun and I’m incredibly excited.’
Transformers 4 will hit theaters everywhere on June 27, 2014, in 3D and IMAX.