One way to freshen up (or destroy) a popular franchise is to change the lead actor.
It can work – Jeremy Renner did a decent job taking over from Matt Damon in the
“Bourne” series – but we’re not sure how it will affect the blockbuster “Transformer”
Director Michael Bay just announced that Mark Wahlberg will join the fourth in-
stallment of the franchise, replacing Shia LaBeouf. Bay wrote on his website,
“Mark is awesome. We had a blast working on ‘Pain and Gain’ and I’m so fired
up to be back working with him. An actor of his caliber is the perfect guy to re-
invigorate the franchise and carry on the ‘Transformers’ legacy.”
LaBeouf has made no secret of the fact that he is sick of making big-budget films.
In a candid interview with The Hollywood Reporter over the summer the actor
explained how he’d like to make good quality, low-budget independent films. He
said, “There’s no room for being a visionary in the studio system. It literally can-
not exist. You give Terrence Malick a movie like Transformers, and he’s f**ked.
There’s no way for him to exist in that world.” “Transformers 4″ is set for release