Mark Wahlberg Will Star in Transformers 4

The director hadn't even considered his Pain & Gain co-star before the internet rumors started.

William Bibbianiby William Bibbiani

Alright, internet, you win. The rumors matter, even if they're not true. Barely a week after Michael Bay squashed internet rumors that his Pain & Gain star Mark Wahlberg would be headlining his next blockbuster, Transformers 4, he gave a statement on indicating "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."

That wasn't idle talk either. Today we learned that Michael Bay was 100% serious about getting Mark Wahlberg to star in Transformers 4. So serious, in fact, that he's already done it. has issued a statement – accompanied by the nifty new Transformers 4 logo above, that Mark Wahlberg will indeed star in the fourth movie in the mega-franchise. 

Quoth the Bay: "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."

Mark Wahlberg wouldn't be the first Oscar contender to appear in a Transformers movie (he was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for The Departed). The most recent film in the franchise, Transformers: Dark of the Moon attracted two-time nominee John Malkovich (Places in the Heart, In the Line of Fire) and Best Actress winner France McDormand (Fargo) in supporting roles. But he would be the biggest star to headline the franchise, perhaps distracting (perhaps mercifully so) from the giant CGI co-stars who are destined to share screen time with the star, who plays a body building embroiled in a kidnapping plot alongside Dwayne Johnson in Pain & Gain, Michael Bay's next, comparatively (to his action spectacles at any rate) micro-budget feature.

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