Last week, Michael Bay pulled a fast one on all of the internet and gave the people exactly what they wanted. "You starting rumors about Mark Wahlberg being in 'Transformers 4'?" he essentially asked. "Well, now you're gonna get it."
Now, the master of explosions has spoken with TMZ of all outlets to explain the thinking behind the Wahlberg decision, but also shed some light on where the story will take us.
First, Bay expanded upon the casting decision from his side of things, once again asserting that Wahlberg wasn't part of the discussion until the internet suggested he should be.
You saw the whole Internet Rumor that he was on. And that wasn’t really true. And we were in the inception part of the story. And just talking with Steven Spielberg. And that was a great way to really take this franchise in a different direction. We’re doing a lot of things that are going to really make it feel fresh and new. And he’s an actor, he has accomplished, he’s an Academy Award Nominee and I love working with him and he’s got a great sense of comedy and great pathos. He’s a guy who can handle great action. And he never had a huge franchise. So this is something that really appealed to him. He said “I really want to show a movie to my kids”. You know? It kinda happened.
And while we didn't know this was something we needed to be afraid of, Bay shot down rumors that Wahlberg would be playing an older version of Shia LaBeouf's character. The director clarified that the story takes place four years after "Dark of the Moon," and you just don't go from Shia LaBeouf to Mark Wahlberg in four years.
No no. The movie will continue four years from the Attack on Chicago; which is in the last movie. So it’s going to still have the same lineage. And it’s going a full new direction and feels very natural how it’s going in that direction, there is no way you’re going to ever find out what the story because you don’t have to dig through my trash but I shredded my trash…Pentagon level encryption on our computers. So good luck to ya!
Bay stated that he expects the movie to hit theaters on July, 2014, because 4's are cool.
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