A couple of weeks ago, a rumor surfaced that director Michael Bay was considering Mark Wahlberg for a role in his upcoming sequel Transformers 4. The casting made sense, as Bay recently wrapped a small-budget dark comedy with Wahlberg called Pain and Gain and the purported plot of Transformers 4 involves an adult character. Bay quickly took to his website to squash the rumor, explaining that he’s talking with Wahlberg about doing a different project that’s not Transformers 4.
Well, it appears that Bay has had a change of heart. The director recently took to his website again to note that all the internet chatter actually got him thinking about a part for Wahlberg in T4.
I squashed a rumor that was on the internet last week. It was about Mark Walhberg. Mark was rumored to be staring in Transformers 4. We are working on another movie together, not T4. I had such a great time working with Mark on Pain and Gain, and he gave such a great performance – well let’s say that very internet chatter gave me some ideas. We are at the inception of our story process right now on T4. Let’s say some ideas are gaining traction with me and my writer – so I’m here to say thanks internet chatter.
Who says the internet is only used for evil? Obviously Bay notes that it’s still early in the story process, but it would be kind of neat if a role for Wahlberg was borne out of a false rumor that influenced Bay’s development of the pic. We’ll likely know more soon, as production on Transformers 4 will get underway next year in anticipation of the film’s June 29th, 2014 release date.