‘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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