So Michael Bay and Mark Wahlberg are chummy chums now that they're finishing up their recent collaboration, Pain and Gain, also starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, but Wahlberg has made it official that his next collaboration with the big-time action director will be Transformers 4.
Wahlberg is no stranger to action films, but will this really be his most important role of his career? The Transformers series, in my opinion, has been lackluster at best, and it's one that should probably just R.I.P., but Michael Bay just can't seem to let the series die.
How "Marky Mark" will figure into the fourth installment is still a mystery, as a script is still being finalized, but a film that predominately features talking robots surely doesn't seem like the penultimate vehicle for an actor to show his thespian chops.
Did Bay just sweet talk Wahlberg into thinking this could be the role of his career, or is Wahlberg just drinking Bay's kool-aid so much that he's sliding just a bit off of his rocker? I think, up till now, Wahlberg's best performance was in David O. Russell's I Heart Huckabees.
Says Wahlberg (via comingsoon.net):
"I'm really excited about 'Transformers'. Michael Bay and I just did 'Pain & Gain' and we had such a good time making it. He came to me and said, 'I'm kind of doing a whole different reboot on 'Transformers.' Are you interested?' I said, 'Yeah, I'll do it!'. I loved the idea and I think we can make something really cool and kick-ass. This is not something where it's already established and I'm just in there to get a paycheck. I'm thinking this is the most important role of my career and I can do something really special."
The Michael Bay kool-aid must be really strong these days...
Look for Transformers 4 sometime around June 27, 2014.