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Mark Wahlberg has been confirmed to star in Transformers 4. The announcement comes after director Michael Bay had initially shot down Internet rumors that they would work again after Pain & Gain.
The casting was made official with a post on Bay’s website. Bay also confirmed that he will be directing the film, which will again be released by Paramount Pictures and produced by Don Murphy, Tom DeSanto, Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Ian Bryce. Steven Spielberg, Brian Goldner, Mark Vahradian and Bay will executive produce.
The film will hit theaters on June 27, 2014.
“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,” Bay said in the statement.
As Entertainment Weekly notes, Bay had been going back and forth with fans over whether or not Wahlberg would star in Transformers 4. Back on Oct. 23, he called the rumors “just a rumor,” adding that he and the Ted actor were talking about another project.
Then, last week, he decided that it was a cool idea to cast Wahlberg in Transformers 4.
“I had such a great time working with Mark on Pain and Gain, and he gave such a great performance – well let’s say that very internet chatter gave me some ideas,” he wrote. “We are at the inception of our story process right now on T4. Let’s say some ideas are gaining traction with me and my writer – so I’m here to say thanks internet chatter.”
The Transformers films had previously starred Shia LaBeouf. The third film, 2011’s Dark of the Moon, grossed over $1 billion worldwide.
Pain & Gain hits theaters on April 26, 2013.