Fox Out, Arterton In “Transformers 3”?

Well this is a surprise, actress Megan Fox will not be returning for the upcoming third “Transformers” reports

There were rumours of her being sacked, but Fox’s publicist released a statement saying “Megan Fox will not be starring in ‘Transformers 3’. It was her decision not to return. She wishes the franchise the best.”

Fox made a name for herself as Shia LaBeouf’s love interest in the first two films. After the release of the second film though, Fox and director Michael Bay had a public spat which recently seemed to have cooled as production on the third film approached.

Deadline added to the story saying the decision was ultimately up to director Michael Bay and that Ehren Kruger’s script gives Shia’s character “a new love interest [which] makes more sense for the story.”

In the few hours since then however several potential replacement names have already emerged with “Prince of Persia” and “Clash of the Titans” actress Gemma Arterton said to be the leading candidate according to The Wrap.

Also in the running are Brooklyn Decker, Bar Rafaeli and Aussie supermodel Miranda Kerr with the latter two having apparently already read for the role. Filming kicks off this month.