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MARK WAHLBERG Cast in TRANSFORMERS 4. Wicked Awesome!

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transformers 4 logo mark wahlberg MARK WAHLBERG Cast in TRANSFORMERS 4.  Wicked Awesome!You read it right, folks. The shirtless master of Good Vibrations has inherited the lead role in TRANSFORMERS 4 from the late, great Sam Witwicky.

What does this mean for the robots in disguise? Well, Michael Bay may have actually heeded the advice of the neckbearded hordes, and removed the “kiddie” aspect from the franchise. No more pre-pubescent romps with Shia Labeouf. No more “insanely hot chick discovers the inner beauty of a regular geek” storylines to pollute your vehicle-to-robot experience.

Or… maybe not. There’s no way to predict what this next flick will entail.

Mark Wahlberg MARK WAHLBERG Cast in TRANSFORMERS 4.  Wicked Awesome!

Down for an extra helping of penis fondling? Too much?

Here’s the press release for more.

HOLLYWOOD, CA (November 8, 2012) – After an exceptionally successful collaboration on the upcoming “Pain and Gain,” Michael Bay has cast Academy Award®-nominee Mark Wahlberg in the highly anticipated “TRANSFORMERS 4.” The film will hit theaters June 27th, 2014.

“Mark is awesome. We had a blast working on “Pain and Gain” and I’m so fired up to be back working with him. An actor of his caliber is the perfect guy to re-invigorate the franchise and carry on the Transformers’ legacy,” said Bay.

Bay will direct the next installment in the “TRANSFORMERS” series, which begins shooting next spring. From Paramount Pictures, a division of Viacom, Inc., in association with Hasbro, the film will be produced by Don Murphy & Tom DeSanto, Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Ian Bryce, and executive produced by Steven Spielberg, Bay, Brian Goldner and Mark Vahradian.

Bay’s first “TRANSFORMERS” film was a box office sensation in 2007, opening at #1 and earning more than $700 million worldwide. His second installment “TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN” in 2009 grossed more than $830 million worldwide. In 2011, “TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON” was an even bigger hit worldwide, grossing more than a billion dollars to become the 5th highest grossing film of all time. To date, the franchise has earned more than $2.6 billion worldwide.

From acclaimed director Michael Bay comes “Pain and Gain,” a new action comedy starring Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson and Anthony Mackie. Based on the unbelievable true story of three personal trainers in 1990s Miami who, in pursuit of the American Dream, get caught up in a criminal enterprise that goes horribly wrong. Ed Harris, Tony Shalhoub, Rob Corddry, Rebel Wilson, and Bar Paly also star. The film is based on magazine articles by Pete Collins, with a screenplay by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely and produced by Donald DeLine, Michael Bay and Ian Bryce.

“PAIN AND GAIN” opens in theaters everywhere April 26th, 2013.

Oh, and we also received this nifty new logo, which we showed at top.

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