Director Michael Bay Thursday announced that Mark Wahlberg will star in the fourth installment of "Transformers."
The film will hit theaters June 27, 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," Bay said on his website.
Actor Shia LaBeouf starred in the first three installments of the $2.6 billion franchise, according to the Hollwood Reporter.
Actress Megan Fox left the franchise after the second movie. Rumors of her departure included not getting along with Bay, which LaBeof later confirmed -- somewhat. In an interview with Los Angeles' Times Hero Complex, LaBeof said, "Megan developed this Spice Girl strength, this woman-empowerment [stuff] that made her feel awkward about her involvement with Michael, who some people think is a very lascivious filmmaker, the way he films women."
The next installment in the Transformers" series will begin shooting next spring.
While the highly anticipated "Pain and Gain" action comedy starring Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson opens April 26, 2014.
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