Palmer Out, Lucas In Transformers?

First came news reports that Aussie actress Teresa Palmer had been cast in the upcoming “Transformers” sequel – talk that director Michael Bay summarily squashed in his blog.

Another casting rumor involving “Superbad” star Jonah Hill cropped up last week, and again was dismissed by Bay. One has to give kudos to Bay for not only keeping abreast of these rumors but shooting them down quickly.

Now, IGN reports that another Aussie actress – 23-year-old “Home and Away” star Isabel Lucas – has been cast in the role of Alice in the sequel.

Full casting announcements are expected in the next few weeks. Filming remains scheduled to begin shooting in early June, depending upon the pending actors strike.