Two weeks ago, internet chatter spit forth the rumor that Mark Wahlberg was in negotiations to star in Michael Bay’s Transformers 4. And it sort of made sense—Wahlberg and Bay apparently shared a close working relationship during the filming of Bay’s upcoming Pain and Gain earlier this year, so why not work together again? Well, Bay put the kibosh on that a day later, stating the Wahlberg was simply in talks to star in a different, non-Transformers Michael Bay project. But now it seems the beast that is the internet grows hungry and must be fed, and Bay might now be putting Wahlberg in Transformers 4 after all.
Bay has taken to his own website to announce that, thanks to the ceaseless prodding of the internet, Mark Wahlberg may just be written into Transformers 4:
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.
So there you have it, internet—you’ve won. For some reason you wanted Mark Wahlberg in Transformers 4, and now we just may get it. I’m not sure how well this will work out (I get the feeling we’ll be in—sigh—The Happening territory), but hey, you got your way.
Transformers 4 is set for a June 27, 2014 release date.
What do you think of the news?