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As much as it felt like Transformers: Dark of the Moon was the big, bloated, ridiculous but appropriate finale for Michael Bay's robot-smashing series, a Transformers 4 remains in the works, with Bay set to return as director and a 2014 release date promised. In fact, at a presentation about their upcoming slate on Monday, Paramount highlighted Transformers 4-- clearly unconcerned about the fact that Bay has an original film project, Pain & Gain, coming in 2013, as well as the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot set for 2014. Apparently Bay likes to stay busy, and Paramount wants to keep him busy for them.
So while production on Transformers 4 obviously has to wait until Bay is done with Pain & Gain, the pre-production is likely now starting, and with it all the rumors you're expecting. Spoiler TV is passing along a tip that says they're looking for a female lead for the fourth Transformers 4; here's how they describe her:
The new female lead that they are looking for is a high school senior and her boyfriend a Texas racing driver.
This confirms what Shia LaBeouf has promised over and over about quitting the franchise, and also suggests a more kid-friendly film, once again starring a high school student as opposed to a grown-up like Shia's Sam Witwicky was in the last one. And it seems pretty obvious to say it's a better step to have a female lead character as opposed to rotating out various supermodels as love interests, which seems like what Bay would always do left to his own devices.
They're working on an incredibly tight time frame to get Transformers 4 in theaters by 2014, and especially given the amount of CGI work needed to create the robots, I have no idea if they can make it. But after years of skepticism, I finally believe this movie is actually happening-- so I guess there's a step in the right direction?