As production starts on Transformers 4, it’s still unclear what the premise for the fourth movie will be. Michael Bay keeps saying that Transformers 4 will not be a reboot, but a continuation of what was already established in the first three movies. It appears Transformers 4 will take place four years after the events of Transformers: Dark of the Moon, but it seems that the new sequel will have the same catalyst as the first two films; the powerful Allspark Cube.
During a segment highlighting production designers on NPR, set decorator Rosemary Brandenburg claims the cube might make a reappearance in Transformers 4. The Allspark cube would be used as set decoration, but it’s still unclear how it will fit into the sequel movie. According to Randall Thropp, a Paramount archivist, there is only one Allspark Cube, which rests under glass somewhere on the Paramount lot.
Just a refresher: the Allspark Cube was an energy device trapped on Earth for decades, and is the key to ending the war between Decepticon and Autobots on their home planet of Cybertron. It was the centerpiece of the first two Transformers movies.
According to Michael Bay, Transformers 4 will be a smaller movie than the first three installments. We know that Mark Wahlberg is going to star, with Nicola Peltz set to play his teenage daughter and Brenton Thwaites playing her racecar-driving boyfriend. Early rumors suggested that Peltz’s character would come forward to play the lead in any further sequels, but that hasn’t been confirmed at this point, and if this one makes lots of money I imagine they’d try to keep Wahlberg around as well.
Transformers 4 will open in theaters everywhere on June 27, 2014, in IMAX 3D.