Mark Wahlberg will be taking over an extremely successful franchise.
The 41-year-old actor has signed on to star in "Transformers 4," the fourth installment in Michael Bay's action franchise. Wahlberg will be taking over the franchise from outspoken actor Shia LaBeouf, who starred in the last movie, "Transformers: Dark of the Moon."
"Mark is awesome. We had a blast working on 'Pain and Gain' and I'm so fired up to be back working with him," Bay said in a statement. "An actor of his caliber is the perfect guy to re-invigorate the franchise and carry on the 'Transformers' legacy."
The first three "Transformers" films have earned over $2.6 billion worldwide. "Dark of the Moon" alone grossed over $1 billion dollars to become the fifth highest grossing film of all time.
"Transformers: Dark of the Moon" depicts a fictional account of what happens when it is revealed that a Apollo 11 moon landing mission in 1969 had found a wrecked alien robot spacecraft with no survivors during a secret mission on the dark side of the moon, confirming that mankind is not alone in the universe.
Though the plotline for "Transformers 4" has not been revealed, shooting is slated to begin next spring and the release date is currently listed as being June 27, 2014.
Wahlberg most recently appeared opposite Mila Kunis in the comedy, "Ted." He has been nominated for two Academy Awards, for his roles in the 2010 film "The Fighter" and in the 2006 film, "The Departed."
Bay recently worked with Wahlberg in the action comedy, "Pain and Gain," which also stars Dwayne Johnson and Anthony Mackie.
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