Jack Reynor is the New Shia LaBeouf in Michael Bay's 'Transformers 4'
Though actor Shia LaBeouf had a fairly lucrative career before Transformers came along, the blockbuster franchise certainly helped his star rise a lot faster. But with Transformers 4, a whole new cast is being introduced and that means LaBeouf and the rest of the human characters won't return with everyone's favorite transforming cars. We already know Mark Wahlberg has a big role in the sequel from director Michael Bay, and now the filmmaker took to his own blog to reveal the other male lead. Jack Reynor who starred in an Irish film called What Richard Did, will star in the film, and Bay says he's "the real deal."
Reynor has a lot to carry on his shoulders with this sequel. Sure the franchise is already successful and has a built in audience, but LaBeouf had this genuine everyman quality that really made you believe in the Autobots and the scale of the films. As for story details, we don't know anything new yet. But Bay did say, "This movie takes place exactly 4 years after the war in Chicago. The story makes a very natural transition, and reason as to why we have a whole new cast. This Transformers will feel very different then the last three. We are embarking on a new trilogy." Yes, that means there's still two more Transformers films on the way. But remember, this one is supposed to be Bay's last turn as director with the franchise.