Nothing like a former Victoria's Secret lingerie model to get Optimus primed.
"She's accepted the offer, and I think they're just waiting for her to get her work visa since she's British," says a source close to the production.
And, as usual when it comes to a Michael Bay explosionfest, hotness wins out over talent...
See, Huntington-Whiteley has never acted before. But she did work with Transformers helmer Bay last year on a Victoria's Secret commercial—and apparently the two hit it off.
"Michael Bay has flown her out here a few times to screen test," says another production insider.
"She has absolutely zero acting experience, so we'll see how that goes. But he likes her, and that's all that matters."
Which is more than can be said for Fox, whose relationship with the notoriously prickly director publicly deteriorated, with her comparing him to Hitler.
Meanwhile, sources confirm that Huntington-Whiteley will be playing a completely new character, not the same role as Fox.
There was no immediate comment from Bay, Huntington-Whiteley or Paramount.
Principal shooting is set to kick off next month. Aside from Huntington-Whiteley, other newcomers to the cast will include some badass new robots along with humans Patrick Dempsey, John Malkovich, Frances McDormand and Ken Jeong.
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Wonder what this news will do the ever-moody ever-moody Megan Fox?