Michael Bay hires new actor for 'Transformers 4'
January 9th, 2013
02:00 PM ET

Michael Bay hires new actor for 'Transformers 4'

The name Jack Reynor likely doesn't sound familiar now, but you should be well-acquainted by the time "Transformers 4" is released.

Michael Bay revealed on his website Tuesday that he's tapped Reynor to star alongside Mark Wahlberg in the upcoming "Transformers" installment.

"[H]e is an Irish kid that came to America with 30 bucks in his pocket," Bay wrote of Reynor. "Pretty ballsy. Seriously who does that? Anyway I spotted him in a great little Irish movie 'What Richard Did.' This kid is the real deal."

Bay's latest go-round with the action franchise is slated to arrive in 2014, and the filmmaker has clarified that it won't be a reboot.

"This movie takes place exactly four years after the war in Chicago," Bay said on his site. "The story makes a very natural transition."

And seeing that this movie will have a brand-new cast, with former franchise star Shia LaBeouf publicly washing his hands of the series, we believe Bay when he says that "this 'Transformers' will feel very different than the last three. We are embarking on a new trilogy."

"Transformers 4" is expected to start filming in the spring.

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soundoff (56 Responses)
  1. Michael J

    Does anyone care anymore? Michael Bay singlehandedly ruined the Transformers brand & franchise. Sad indeed.

    February 6, 2013 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  2. BrooklynRoutine

    uno -

    February 4, 2013 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  3. Meh

    This new movie will be so cool...Hillary Clinton transforms into Grimlock

    February 4, 2013 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  4. jj sooner?

    u ok?

    February 1, 2013 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  5. jjsooner

    I don't know. I guess I'm in a minority. I liked Shia and his parents in the movie and the entire supporting cast. I really like Megan Fox. She has an appeal unique to herself and the looks to support that appeal.

    February 1, 2013 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  6. jon

    whoever this blogger is a huge trouble maker and huge hater and just move forward asap and apologize..

    January 31, 2013 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Optimus Prime

    Thank the Matrix I won't have to listen to Shai scream his lines anymore. I look forward to Marky-Marky and the Funky Bunch alliance in helping me battle the Deceptions.

    January 31, 2013 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jethro

    went back to his referee position...

    oh now don't worry...it won't be all the time....this is the worst

    January 29, 2013 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  9. i'm 45

    that's all i wanted to say....good night

    January 29, 2013 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  10. john

    This Shia Lebouf turned out to be a dud.... What a bad actor and all his movies sucK!!!!

    January 28, 2013 at 7:31 am | Report abuse |
  11. NoChance

    Is it just me or does Michael Bay look a lot like Parker Stevenson did at the same age?

    January 27, 2013 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
  12. you won't invited so don't worry about.


    January 27, 2013 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  13. Bazinga

    Worst. Director. Ever

    January 27, 2013 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  14. that's the real sassystick...

    i have a navy velvet gown long sleaves– same style....kay...bb asap

    January 27, 2013 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
  15. Jethro

    Who are the imbeciles who pay to see these movies in theaters?

    January 26, 2013 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jethro-back

      You and your dad

      January 29, 2013 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jethro-back

      You and your neighborhood

      January 29, 2013 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eric

      Transformers 1 was amazing. Great story, humor was excellent and the action and effects were totally amazing. This movie is by far one of my favorites. Only someone who hasn't seen the movie in HD on a large screen would make such an ignorant comment. There's a reason this movie made as much money as it did and everyone has seen it.

      January 30, 2013 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Robert

    I'm not going to say someone should kill Michael Bay before he ruins our lives with any more horrible movies....But I would not contradict someone who said that....

    January 25, 2013 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Rick

    Too bad the cartoons have more plot than the movies...

    January 20, 2013 at 7:50 am | Report abuse |
  18. no4...only 1 bitter fool and that's gaga

    failed...nobody there

    January 16, 2013 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  19. sameolsame

    i smell a Spike sighting.

    January 16, 2013 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Viper2005

    G1 or bust!

    January 15, 2013 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  21. its fantasy person here today?

    hello–say yes or no!!!!

    January 15, 2013 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  22. ash

    This is exactly what humanity needs, another version of transformer...

    January 15, 2013 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  23. Praise

    Shouldn't we be thanking Mr. Bay for not foisting LeBouf on us again?

    I challenge anyone to name an actor who could do worse with that role!

    January 12, 2013 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Praise

      Other than Brian Bosworth...

      January 12, 2013 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Freddie

      Mike Tyson

      (Apparently, he's an actor now.)

      January 13, 2013 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Poopmeister

      LeBouf is awesome, we should be thanking God that he wouldn't go back into the franchise, he has better work to do. Name any other actor and most likely they would have done a worse performance! I hope Michael Bay fizzles out soon, these big franchise directors are ruining what could otherwise be good films.

      January 27, 2013 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
  24. Grimlock

    Me Grimlock say that movie is phooey already.

    January 12, 2013 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Dunzo

    F you Michael Bay.

    January 12, 2013 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Sharky

    What about that super-hot Australian actress from the first movie? I'd like to see more of her.

    January 12, 2013 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  27. i guess you could..

    but there is nobody here.

    January 11, 2013 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  28. SammyZ

    As long as filming continues in Chicago. I would like to reprise my roll as Special Forces Operator number "did anyone even keep count?"

    It was a great experience. (^_^)

    January 11, 2013 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  29. TAMMYK

    All I have to say is that Major Lenox had better be in this movie...... He is one of the main reasons that I go, but also to see Opitmus Prime too... But Bumblebee is my car.. I would like to have a car just like him.. But I'm not paying 65 thousand dollars for him... "AUTOBOTS TRANSFORM"!!!!!!

    January 11, 2013 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  30. Mike Wrathell

    Bring back Megan Fox!

    January 11, 2013 at 7:16 am | Report abuse |
  31. MightyMoo

    Michael Bay actually uses actors for his movies? I thought they were just wall to wall explosions with special effects everywhere?

    January 11, 2013 at 5:57 am | Report abuse |
  32. whjert

    He looks like Parker Stevenson

    January 10, 2013 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
  33. Anonymous792

    i love bay

    January 9, 2013 at 11:48 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Anonymous792

    he never has his voicemail on

    January 9, 2013 at 11:42 pm | Report abuse |
  35. moneytrain

    bay found himself a true gold mine with this crappy franchise, and it's hard to blame a man for peddling swill that people love to make an EASY buck, but damn he makes some crap movies!

    January 9, 2013 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse |
  36. i just received word...

    transformers is still on target and has not left yet. proceed.

    January 9, 2013 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  37. My family and i will be right

    there to watch the premier of transformers 4 and will watch the fat actress walk in...

    January 9, 2013 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  38. I am just a putz in your eyes...

    so you will go when ew get you.

    January 9, 2013 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  39. the hacker will have to go

    if it doesn't stop-whoever it is.

    January 9, 2013 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  40. i agree --

    but its the same stuff

    January 9, 2013 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  41. READ and HEAR

    Fun thing about the Transformers movies is that their actually quite entertaining and great popcorn-movies 🙂
    ...and this comes from a grown up...

    January 9, 2013 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  42. ProperVillain

    Firat interview question from Bay to the new actor: "Sooo..how do you feel about a lot of explosions?"

    January 9, 2013 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  43. i love the transformers...

    i love watching movies.

    January 9, 2013 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  44. that's because our little charlie's angel

    has no clue - hahahahahahahahahaha-win!

    January 9, 2013 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  45. which conversations are real and which ones are fake.

    go ahead dairy queen expert...

    January 9, 2013 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  46. let me get this straight.

    there are 4? and milky white skin can't squeeze in anywhere...i'm offended...this is an outrage.

    January 9, 2013 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |

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