Paramount to Cast Chinese 'Transformers 4' Actors on Reality Show
If you thought pandering to the Chinese audience with a special cut of Iron Man 3 was a little much, then this news should throw you for a loop. Paramount Pictures is already planning on shooting some of Transformers 4 in China, making it a co-production by including some content specific to the country (and the film might have exclusive footage just like Iron Man 3). But now THR reports Paramount is planning on launching a reality TV show overseas, which will start airing in June this year, to cast four Chinese actors in the summer blockbuster which is slated for release on June 27th, 2014. More below!
The reality show will be looking for two actors with professional experience and two amateurs, and the winners will appear in Transformers 4. It's not clear whether or not they'll appear in the cut of the film that will play for the rest of the world, or a Chinese exclusive cut. Honestly, the show doesn't sound half bad since it will have a panel of judges consisting of Sid Ganis, the former head of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences and the current chairman of Jiaflix; the film’s producer Lorenzo DiBonaventura and casting director Denise Chamian; and Paramount’s marketing and distribution chief Megan Colligan. But it still feels like massive pandering for a bigger international box office.