A few weeks ago director Michael Bay denied rumors he was considering Mark Wahlberg for a role in the upcoming "Transformers 4".
Wahlberg has been working with Bay on the dark comedy "Pain and Gain." While there had been discussions between Bay and Wahlberg about reuniting on a project, it was for another film after T4.
Now though, Bay says all the internet chatter has lead to a change of heart and posted up this entry on his blog a few days ago:
"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."
"Transformers 4" is aiming to shoot next year for a June 29th 2014 release.
UPDATE (11/8): Bay himself has now confirmed that Wahlberg has joined the cast. In an official statement he says:
"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."