Whoa - Megan Fox Will Not Be Returning for Transformers 3?
This is crazy news. Deadline is reporting that Megan Fox will not actually be returning for Transformers 3 at all. Paramount "won't be picking up Megan Fox's option," but it wasn't the studio's decision. Apparently it was "ultimately" director Michael Bay's decision, which now makes us wonder if this is retaliation for all those mean comments Fox made about Bay during the release of Transformers 2 last summer. Although we already know that Bay has been out filming scenes for Transformers 3, Deadline says the script is currently being finished (it is?) and they'll be "giving Shia [LaBeouf] a new love interest." Uh, is this all a big joke?
I really don't know what to make of this. We all know Michael Bay likes to lie and mess with the fans, as seen most recently when he claimed that The Twins wouldn't be returning. But then a few days later, new photos of The Twins cars on set appeared online, which made us wonder if Bay was lying again (like with Megatron not appearing in Revenge of the Fallen). I can't imagine that someone like Nikki Finke on Deadline would be making this all up, but I'm amazed that they're only now trying to cast a replacement for Fox when they've already been shooting this for a few weeks! We'll keep you updated on whatever else we hear. Thoughts?
Update #1: Even Variety has confirmed this news today, and they're not usually ones to report something that isn't officially true. They don't add anything new besides what's said above, but they do confirm that "a studio spokeswoman disclosed Wednesday that [Paramount has] decided against picking up Fox's option to star as Mikaela Banes in the third installment but declined to elaborate." It looks like this news is official!
Update #2: The Wrap is reporting that Gemma Arterton, seen in Clash of the Titans and the upcoming Prince of Persia, is currently the frontrunner to replace Fox. Additionally, they say that supermodels Bar Rafaeli, Miranda Kerr and Brooklyn Decker are also in the running, and Rafaeli and Kerr have even been brought in to the production offices to read for the role. I'm sure we'll find out soon who they officially choose to replace Fox, but it sounds like they may go with someone who is even a bigger name than her. I'm tired of Arterton (already) and I really hope she doesn't get this in the end, but you never know. Stay tuned!