‘Transformers 4: Age of Extinction’ Mark Wahlberg Replaces Shia LaBeouf

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Mark Wahlberg replaces Shia LaBeouf in the new robot/alien sequel, Transformers 4: Age of Extinction, which presented its first trailer online on Wednesday. The trailer teases fans with Director Michael Bay’s typical constant action-hero drama, and is packed full of exciting scenes. The movie stars Wahlberg, Stanley Tucci, Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor and Kelsey Grammer.

Wahlberg stars in the fourth chapter of the Transformers series and plays a Texas mechanic who realizes his old semi truck is indeed an alien robot. After Wahlberg discovers the dormant Optimus Prime, the government then threatens his daughter and things take a turn for the worse.

An exciting aspect of the new sequel is the addition of Dinobots, massive robots whose transformed appearance are that of dinosaurs. These Dinobots are 50 times the size of the average Transformer, which puts a damper on “the good guys.”

When Bay was asked why he wanted Mark Wahlberg to replace Shia LaBeouf in Transformers 4: Age of Extinction as the main character, he responded by saying that the only way to make one more installment work was to recreate the entire storyline. Bay also chose an older actor because he did not want viewers comparing another young star to LaBeouf. “He is like magic lightning in a bottle. He is one of a kind!”

LaBeouf said that although he really enjoyed working with the Transformers 4 director and considers himself “Michael Bay-raised,” (he was only 17 when he first met Bay) he does not think there is anywhere to take his character Sam that has not already been explored. LaBeouf plans to focus on films with more depth and drama so that he can further develop his acting abilities.

Bay wanted a fresh start and chose Wahlberg for the character, Cade, in the movie; a single father who is struggling to make ends meet for his daughter. The Pain and Gain star, also directed by Bay, was thrilled about the sequel’s fresh direction compared to the last three chapters. In addition, Wahlberg’s own children debut a cameo in the film.

Bay commented that he really enjoyed working with Wahlberg on Pain and Gain and that his acting caliber is what the franchise needed to carry on the “Transformers legacy.”

Reports have said that the fourth installment tells a darker story, which is more believable with Wahlberg as the main character. Although Wahlberg also proved he is proficient in comedy with his recent role in Ted, so it is difficult to say which path the story will take.

Wahlberg mentioned that the human element is going to carry a lot of weight with viewers. His character plays an ordinary man who tries to do extraordinary things in order to save his daughter.

Mark Wahlberg has starred in numerous successful films including The Basketball Diaries, The Departed, Fear, Boogie Nights, The Fighter, The Perfect Storm, Three Kings, Planet of the Apes, Contraband, and I Heart Huckabees.

It will be interesting, to say the least, to see what Bay has in store for his loyal followers with this new action-packed sequel. Especially since Mark Wahlberg has replaced Shia LaBeouf in Transformers 4: Age of Extinction.


By Amy Nelson


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24 Responses to "‘Transformers 4: Age of Extinction’ Mark Wahlberg Replaces Shia LaBeouf"

  1. NerdStar   October 13, 2014 at 1:53 am

    Well, duh ~ 5 years after the Battle of Chicago, the Cemetry Wind are hunting down all the remaining Autobots on Earth, then Optimus Prime senses danger and asked all surviving Autobots (including Bumblebee) to ‘cease all contact with humans’. Definitely, Bumblebee was forced to leave Sam Witwicky after TF3, otherwise, he would be killed by the Cemetry Wind. Which is why, Sam wasn’t acted in the movie

  2. Raz   September 15, 2014 at 7:34 am

    I will believe at alien robots came to earth and can transform into cars AND want to protect us????, but Shia’s character, landing not just Megan, but Rosie too………a little toooo far fetched.

  3. Andrey Guneliev   August 7, 2014 at 10:46 am

    It sucks optemis primes new truck and look is all wrong and where de hell is Sam ?!!!
    First Mekala is not in number 3 and now Sam in number 4 if there not back in number 5 I will kill Mikel Bay personally!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. damonhi   July 27, 2014 at 3:32 am

    i really cant believe shia wont be in it bumblebee and him were suppose to be buddies forever it wont br the same without him

  5. Dani Onye   July 21, 2014 at 4:01 am

    What are you talking about @nick. New one had its moments here and there, the tech aspect of it was cool but yet i was still left underwhelmed by the end of the film by the both the actors performances and the characters they were portraying, and that is what they should have worked because that is where it did not compare to Shia’s acting and personality that is well suited to the role he was playing in the movie, plus some of the many actors that were not part of this one, it was just not up to par. The tech & robots are given will be good, they bring something different to the table and so will likely always deliver on its criteria no matter other characters involved.

    First Megan then total annihilation with Shia and Megan actually added an essence to the movie and very much complimented Shia perfectly in his role despite it looking like she was just a beauty on the surface, her role was appreciated much more when she no longer included, i noticed she was missing and i could not even settle in with her replacement who was attractive enough herself.

    I know these actors often tend to get ahead of themselves and misbehave, and producers and directors need to kick them on the backside and teach them a lesson somehow but just firing them is too high a risk in the continual success of the franchise and the enjoyment of it’s devoted viewers. Imo it will never be the same now and i can stake my life that it is not as successful as the first 3.

  6. nick   July 5, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    Screw that little shut the new one was way better with how they looked and the story was sick I don’t mind that that little homogeneous wasn’t in it any more and I look forward to the new ones to come with mark

  7. blake   July 1, 2014 at 8:50 pm

    Itwas so confused and when I was watching it Theyshould have kept the last actor in itwas number four there look like they’re going to make another one but I’m thinking that’s going to suck too and what’s up with the Ninja Turtles producer is going to f*** up the franchise do you remember April had red hair not f***** black hair I should’ve had a Disney character has red hair to play her are any girl with red hair I’m mad because the franchise of transformer is so confusing that makes no sense to the other ones just like a whole new one what out the last Actor

  8. 6th_Hokage   July 1, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    best idea ever 😀

  9. That guy   June 29, 2014 at 6:32 pm

    Really bad idea….. It probably gonna suck. Dont waste your money people

  10. fmv   June 27, 2014 at 10:07 pm

    yeah really not happy about the change will most likely not see it

  11. That guy   June 21, 2014 at 2:23 am

    Oh shut up and just enjoy the freakin movie!

  12. Dragoth   June 20, 2014 at 11:57 pm

    A really ignorant idea to change the star actor this far into the franchise and 4 will suffer for it, and a story change? All I can say is ridiculous #100%truth

  13. Steele Smith   June 20, 2014 at 10:43 am

    Does anybody know how many years have past since they were in Chicago in the 3rd on?

  14. Jason   June 20, 2014 at 4:51 am

    I agree, it’s unfortunate that they decided to change the story line. I just feel like the whole government interference thing might be getting old. However, I’m not going to let that stop me from enjoying the movie. It looks crazy, and I can’t wait to see it.

  15. adela ramos   June 18, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    I loved shia labouf..he will be missed..cannot be replaced stupid idea!!! Not happy

  16. chele burns   June 14, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    Ill definitely watch this one. It has Transformers & dinosaurs, my kids will love it. And I will love seeing Mark Wahlberg! I mean, come on people, its only a movie, you’re not buying a house, if you don’t like it, don’t recommend it! Plain & simple!

  17. l.   June 13, 2014 at 8:59 pm

    Have no desire to see this new Transformer movie. Love Walberg, but rewriting this block buster? What was Bay thinking? We all have followed the evolution of the human/transformer relationship, now we have to forget and believe this new direction? Not Bay’s best idea!

  18. Rosa   June 13, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    Although I love Mark Wahlberg, they already changed the gf, now the main character?! Sorry but that just ruins it!!!!

  19. Rubyreedezik   June 7, 2014 at 8:04 pm

    To rewrite the story is just crazy. Its like rewriting history. Of course you can expand on the existing story line. Originally the transformer taught us about loyalty. Now we just suppose to erase the last three movies and shift like this. Michael Bay was not thinking of those who has been a faithful followers of the transformers. I love all the actors in this movie. However it changes our expectations and its as if you didn’t give the audience credit, like we wouldn’t notice. I don’t think i can support this movie. Y

  20. Shaneen Abrams   June 6, 2014 at 12:13 am

    Well thanks Michael Bay for Killing one of my favorite movies, What makes
    Him think that Shia not being in Transformers 4 was going to be a great idea
    Shia Labeouf was perfect, he’s cute, funny, and has proven he can also be Serious.
    My kids don’t like the new look either. very bad idea and disappointing.

  21. robert   June 2, 2014 at 7:02 pm

    Shia LaBeouf is more matching to this types of movie……

  22. Dustin Woolard   May 19, 2014 at 5:08 am

    I hope he makes some sense of where “sam” (shilo) is. Why he isn’t there saving the world again.
    People will expect that.

  23. Marko Ramius   March 10, 2014 at 5:21 pm

    Tucci was great in “The Core” but a Michael Bay Transformers film? He must need the paycheck badly because this is beneath him.

  24. Tim   March 7, 2014 at 11:03 pm

    Who’s the hottie @ 2:05????


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