“You got the touch! You got the power! Yeah!” Actor Mark Wahlberg will take the lead role in the upcoming reboot/sequel Transformers 4. It isn’t officially confirmed which character Wahlberg will play, but he has already injected new life in the franchise by taking over from Shia LaBeouf.
Director Michael Bay initially denied the rumors that Wahlberg was joining Transformers 4. Then he said that “internet chatter” had him reconsidering. Today he broke the news on the movie’s official website: “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.”
Paramount Pictures also revealed the new film logo for Transformers 4, as seen above: half of a Decepticons logo merged with the number 4. At the moment, there are no plot details or even an official title for Transformers 4, but it is rumored that Wahlberg may play the father of a teenage girl who gets captured by the Decepticons, or possibly a military leader who works with the Autobots. Either way, the new film will feature new Transformers, a new storyline, and new characters overall. Let’s hope Mom and Dad Witwicky make a cameo in Transformers 4!
Mark Wahlberg is a litmus test for director competency. He is only as good as his director. Consider his Academy Award-nominated performance in Martin Scorsese’s The Departed, or his memorable performance in Paul Thomas Anderson’s Boogie Nights. Then compare that to his stilted, lifeless performance in M. Night Shyamalan’s The Happening. Which Walberg will we get in Transformers 4? Mark Wahlberg will also appear in Michael Bay’s Pain & Gain in 2013, so we’ll see how well the pair play together. Let’s hope Bay and Wahlberg will incorporate “You Got The Touch!” in Transformers 4.
Transformers 4 will hit theaters everywhere on June 29, 2014.