Bay and Wahlberg

If you can’t beat the Internet, join them! At least, that seems to be Michael Bay‘s mentality when it comes to his (good God) fourth Transformers film. Late last month, a rumor broke free from the gnashing, mewling, almighty Internet machine that held that Bay was looking to his Pain and Gain star, Mark Wahlberg, to lead the latest installment of your little brother’s favorite franchise. At first, Bay was like “oh, no, that’s totally not going to happen. Nope, not at all,” but let’s get real – this is totally going to happen.

Bay has now posted about the speculation on his website (via ComingSoon), writing:

“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.”

Point, Internet? Besides, we’re sure Marky Mark can take time from his busy pants-dropping schedule to plant some Trannies trees.

Transformers 4 is currently set for a June 27, 2014 release.


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