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Mark Wahlberg to star in next 'Transformers' movie

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Mark Wahlberg, roll out.

"Transformers" director Michael Bay says the 41-year-old actor will star in the franchise's fourth film.

Bay called Wahlberg the "perfect guy to re-invigorate the franchise and carry on the Transformers' legacy" in a post on his blog Thursday. He previously squashed rumors that Wahlberg was joining the film franchise about warring robots.

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Bay worked with Wahlberg on his upcoming film, "Pain and Gain."

"Transformers 4" is scheduled to be released by Paramount Pictures on June 27, 2014.

Bay has said the next film will take a new direction in the series. The first three movies starred Shia LaBeouf and featured Peter Cullen as the voice of Autobot general Optimus Prime.

The third "Transformers" film, "Dark of the Moon," was the second highest-grossing film of 2011.

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Nov 9, 2012 7:00AM
Nov 9, 2012 7:38AM
i have to strongly disagree with m r screaming zonkers comments about mark walburg. Mr walburg  will make transformers exciting  and I will definitly go see it.. I t seems like now a days people have nothing else to do with there time but to slam  other people .Its no wonder our country is so messed up because people are just so full of anger.they throw it at ever one  , even a tthose who jus t dont deserve it...Its pathetic..
Nov 9, 2012 7:34AM
"Will take a new direction" in "We're changing the formula that has worked to one we don't know how successful it will be, and oh, by the way, we'll make it even riskier by also replacing the main leading star"
If it isn't broken, don't fix it!
Nov 9, 2012 9:41AM
this has B MOVIE written all over it  - - - Michael Bay needs to move on.   Transformers needs to head in a darker direction ala Dark Knight.
Nov 9, 2012 8:14AM
Love Transformers and I Love Marky...WOW!!! What a great combination...
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