Michael Bay Is Testing Actors And Actresses For Transformers 4

Megan Fox and Shia LaBeouf in Transformers
(Image credit: Paramount)

The big news last week regarding Michael Bay's Transformers 4 was that the director had brought his Pain & Gain star Mark Wahlberg into the robot vs. robot franchise. But who will be some of the actors around him, given that Shia LaBeouf, Josh Duhamel and Tyrese Gibson won't be returning? Apparently they're on the hunt right now.

THR has gotten reports regarding not only the young actors going out for parts in the new movie, but details about the characters they could be playing. According to the trade's sources the three main characters in the film will be Wahlberg, his daughter, and his daughter's boyfriend - who also happens to be a race car driver. The studio is looking to sign whichever actor they end up choosing to a three picture deal.

For the role of the daughter the sources say that Isabelle Cornish, the sister of actress Abbie Cornish, is being looked at for the part, as is Nicola Peltz, who was one of the stars of The Last Airbender (right now a lot of you are thinking, "Oh...that movie.")

As for the other male lead, that's a more competitive field. The trade said the candidates for the part right now include Taken 2's Luke Grimes, Terra Nova's Landon Liboiron, Blue Lagoon: The Awakening's Brenton Thwaites, Weeds' Hunter Parrish and newcomer Jack Reynor.

It's not hard to see why these roles are being fought so hard for, but at the same time my brain keeps telling me to ask, "Where is Megan Fox now?"

UPDATE: THR's Borys Kit is adding that Andie MacDowell's daughter Margaret Qualley and Three Musketeers' Gabriella Wilde are both up for the female lead as well.

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