Michael Bay is staying in the robot business for longer than anyone anticipated.
The director has not only announced that he's tapped a complete unknown to star in Transformers 4 opposite Mark Wahlberg, but he's just dropped the bombshell news that he's working on not only a fourth entry, but two more sequels that will make up a whole new trilogy!
So who's the newbie who'll presumably be teaming with the Autobots in the next great battle to save earth from the Decepticons?
His name is Jack Reynor.
"I just hired a great new actor for Transformers 4 to star against Mark Wahlberg," wrote Bay on his blog. "Jack Reynor, he is an Irish kid that came to America with 30 bucks in his pocket. Pretty ballsy. Seriously who does that? Anyway I spotted him in a great little Irish movie What Richard Did. This kid is the real deal."
According to his brief bio on IMDB, the 20-year-old actor was born in the U.S. but raised in Ireland and first raised eyebrows in the industry with a role in 2012's Dollhouse. That was followed by a star turn in Lenny Abrahamson's Irish suspense drama, What Richard Did, which debuted at last September's Toronto International Film Festival.
As for what Transformers 4 will be about, the filmmaker known for his glossy, effects-heavy blockbusters was mostly mum but did offer that it it lays the groundwork for two more sequels.
"Transformers 4 is not a reboot. That word has been floating around on the net. This movie takes place exactly 4 years after the war in Chicago," said Bay. "The story makes a very natural transition, and reason as to why we have a whole new cast. This Transformers will feel very different then the last three. We are embarking on a new trilogy."
More than meets the eye indeed.