Mark Wahlberg to Star in “Transformers 4”

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The “Transformers” film franchise is going to continue even without its original cast, and an announcement just placed Mark Wahlberg on the lead of the 2014 film.

Director Michael Bay made the announcement Thursday evening, revealing how he loved working with Wahlberg on the bodybuilder/crime flick “Pain and Gain” they worked on recently.

Bay said: “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.”

The first three “Transformers” films didn’t impress critics, but all of them were box office successes, earning more than $2.6 billion worldwide.

Although the change of lead actor does not guarantee positive reviews this time, what’s guaranteed is that Shia LaBeouf will not reprise his role. The actor told The Hollywood Reporter in August that he is done with big blockbusters, saying the studios “stick a finger up your ass.”

“Transformers 4” will hit theaters on June 27, 2014.

Photos by: Danny/WENN.com

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