As Michael Bay gets ready to release Pain & Gain, starring Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, next month, production is quickly coming together for Bay’s next project, Transformers 4.
Paramount has the go-ahead to shoot in the state of Michigan for the third time for the next Transformers movie; both the original movie and Transformers: Dark of the Moon were shot in Detroit, Michigan. The Great Lakes State has given the production big tax incentives that would create a large number of new jobs, as Michigan and the Transformers film series both need reconstruction.
It’s unclear when exactly principal photography will begin, but voice actor Peter Cullen is excited to reprise his iconic role as Optimus Prime, the leader of the Autobots. Cullen has voiced the dynamic and regal leader since the beginning of the animated series in the ’80s. So Cullen’s return as Optimus Prime in Transformers 4 is no surprise, although Hasbro has stated the new film will feature a cast of new Transformers. Cullen tells IGN:
I just know that I’m going to be part of it and I’m very happy about that and I’m looking forward to getting into production. I think that is sometime in the late spring and for a 2013 premiere. So Michael Bay has an awful lot of time to do his magic.
New plot details from the upcoming Transformers movie have emerged and it seems like the Decepticons won’t be the only villains in the film. From the description below, the planet-eating Transformer Unicron might factor in to the story. Here’s the Transformers 4′ plot synopsis:
As humanity picks up the pieces, following the conclusion of Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Autobots and Decepticons have all but vanished from the face of the planet. However, a group of powerful, ingenious businessman and scientists attempt to learn from past Transformer incursions and push the boundaries of technology beyond what they can control – all while an ancient, powerful Transformer menace sets Earth in his crosshairs. The epic adventure and battle between good and evil, freedom and enslavement ensues.
Mark Wahlberg (Pain & Gain) will re-team with Bay on Transformers 4. Nicola Peltz (The Last Airbender) is set to play his teenage daughter, while Australian actor Brenton Thwaites (Slide) will play her racecar-driving boyfriend. Irish actor Jack Reynor (What Richard Did) will also play a role in the new movie.
Transformers 4 will hit theaters on June 27, 2014, in IMAX and 3D.