Mark Wahlberg to take over from Shia LaBeouf in Transformers

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Forget Shia, Mark Wahlberg is here to take on those pesky Decepticons...

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Mark Wahlberg is set to 'reinvigorate' the Transformers films, taking over from Shia LaBeouf.

Despite being 15 years older, director Michael Bay has said "an actor of his calibre is the perfect guy to re-invigorate the franchise and carry on the Transformers' legacy".

In a departure from his recent comedy outing in Ted, 41-year-old Wahlberg was revealed to be on-board in a blog post from the director.

Having already worked with Mark in the past, he said, "Mark is awesome. We had a blast working on Pain and Gain and I'm so fired up to be back working with him."

Bay also directed the previous three Transformers films, which have all starred Shia LeBeouf alongside hotties Megan Fox and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.

The actor declined to reprise his role in the new film (possibly to focus on new, more naked, projects we presume?)

The director has said he will be taking the forth instalment in a new direction, with a little help from producer Steven Spielberg.

The third instalment, Dark of the Moon, was a huge success and topped out as the second-highest grossing film of 2011.

The three films have in total earned more than $2.6bn worldwide. Not bad.

The new film will start shooting in the spring, with a release date scheduled for 27 June 2014.

Remind yourselves what happened in Dark of the Moon below.

Do you think Mark can fill Shia's robot boots?




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