Even when it was confirmed that Shia LaBeouf would not be returning for Transformers 4, Mark Wahlberg was still not the first name that came into people’s minds as a replacement. It was said that Wahlberg himself did not expect the role, but now that he’s signed up for the project, he can’t wait to get started:
“That’s why Transformers came about, because we had such a great time working together [on Pain And Gain],” says Wahlberg.
“We kind of complemented each other throughout the entire process, what he does and what I do and what we were able to do together, and then after that I was like ‘Dude we gotta work together again,’ and he was like, ‘Well I got a project, you interested?’”
Transformers 4 will commence shooting in 2013, but it’s far from the only project on Wahlberg’s slate, as the actor will also be returning to reprise his role in the Ted sequel:
“We’re shooting Transformers in May, and then I believe we’re gonna do Ted 2 right after,” continues Wahlberg. “They’re working on it now and we’ve kind of gone through the negotiation process.
“The great thing about it is Seth’s ideas for the second one are sick. He comes from the world of episodic television so he knows how to tell the stories, in a way that most people don’t.”