Mark Wahlberg Role In 'Transformers 4' Confirmed: Director Michael Bay Says He's 'Perfect' [TRAILER]

2:36 PM EST 11/9/2012 by Staff Reporter, Celebeat Reporter

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Mark Wahlberg is confirmed to star in the upcoming "Transformers 4," according to the latest statement from the latest director of the franchise, Michael Bay.

Rumors of the actor's association with "Transformers" first surfaaced when Mark Wahlberg worked with Michael Bay in an upcoming action-comedy "Pain and Gain." While the rumors were false at the time, Michael Bay was inspired to give the notion a thought.

Via Michael Bay's personal blog, the director wrote on October 31, "I squashed a rumor that was on the internet last week. It was about Mark Walhberg. Mark was rumored to be staring in Transformers 4. We are working on another movie together, not T4. I had such a great time working with Mark on Pain and Gain, and he gave such a great performance - well let's say that very internet chatter gave me some ideas. We are at the inception of our story process right now on T4. Let's say some ideas are gaining traction with me and my writer - so I'm here to say thanks internet chatter."

After about a week's time to weigh in on the prospect, Michael Bay finally revealed in an official statement yesterday: "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."

While fans of "Transformers" and Marky Mark like have much cause for celebration following the official statement, the fourth installment of "Transformers" will not begin production until the spring of 2013 and will not hit theaters until the summer of 2014.

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