Jonah Hill Cast in Transformers 2 as Shia's Sidekick?! Updated
by Alex Billington
April 30, 2008
Although everyone is 100% focused on the upcoming summer movie season, including Iron Man due out in theaters starting tomorrow night, we can't forget the following summer of 2009. We all know Michael Bay is working his ass off trying to get Transformers 2 made by June of next year and I'm guessing a handful of fans are pretty damn excited, myself included. The latest bit of news to come out regarding the highly anticipated sequel surrounds a new cast member - Jonah Hill. The gurus over at EW.com are reporting that the Superbad and Forgetting Sarah Marshall star is "in early negotiations" to co-star with Shia LaBeouf as his sidekick. Uh oh!
EW says that Jonah will provide the comic relief as Sam Witwicky's sidekick, most likely his college roommate. A previous casting report listed a character named Chuck that was Sam's roommate at Princeton. "He runs a conspiracy theory website. Funny in an irreverent, edgy way, he is shocked to see his conspiracy theories come to life." I do think that sounds like a pretty damn good fit for Jonah, but it is still all unconfirmed. However, I'm not exactly excited by this bit of news.
When Jonah Hill first started appearing in movies like 40 Year Old Virgin, Grandma's Boy, and Knocked Up, I was really digging his comedy and his characters. I loved him in Superbad, too, but that was a role he was born to play. However, after Forgetting Sarah Marshall and especially Walk Hard, I've started to get a bit burnt out by him. It's just the same old stunt over and over and Judd Apatow just likes to throw him in there quite pointlesly. I'm getting a bit tired of his comedy, but maybe he just needs to stretch his legs again in the right movie. I'll at least give him a chance if he is indeed cast in Transformers 2.
Is Jonah Hill a good fit for Shia LaBeouf's sidekick in Transformers 2?
Update! Apparently Entertainment Weekly got a new update themselves. This time they confirmed that Jonah Hill will NOT be cast in the movie as Sam's sidekick. Negotiations broke down, presumably after this announcement spread around the world like wildfire, and fell apart. For those of you who weren't rooting for Jonah Hill - congrats on your success!