Official: Mark Wahlberg To Star In Transformers 4

The power of the internet? Maybe, maybe not. But after rumours linking Mark Wahlberg to Transformers 4, then an official denial from director Michael Bay, then a backtracking blog from Michael Bay, it’s now official: Mark Wahlberg will be appearing in Transformers 4.

Just-released official logo for Transformers 4

Some sites are now claiming they’re responsible for putting the idea into people’s minds, but to be honest that’s like claiming credit for convincing Nick Clegg to get into politics.

The rumours started about two weeks ago, but Bay quickly quashed them as the product of two-plus-two reasoning; Michael Bay and Mark Wahlberg worked together on Pain & Gain (due for a UK release on 13 May 2013) and they were known to be working on another project.

But then earlier this week, Bay seemed to be backtracking on his official website: “I squashed a rumor that was on the internet last week. It was about Mark Walhberg. Mark was rumored to be staring in Transformers 4. We are working on another movie together, not T4. I had such a great time working with Mark on Pain & Gain, and he gave such a great performance – well let’s say that very internet chatter gave me some ideas. 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 yesterday, Bay officially confirmed that Wahlberg would indeed be appearing in Transformers 4: “Mark is awesome. We had a blast working on Pain & 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 interesting part about all this is that sentence in Bay’s blob about, “Let’s say some ideas are gaining traction with me and my writer…” It seems like Wahlberg’s part in T4 may have been specifically written – or at least adapted – for him. And nowhere in any of the blogs does it state that Wahlberg will be starring in the film; maybe he’s just going to be a voice of a Transformer?

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