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Michael Bay giving Transformers a major makeover

The Transformers franchise is alive and well. After taking a short break, it will be back in theaters with a new cast. Director Michael Bay teases a redesign that will “freshen” the series.

Transformers 4

Next year marks the return of the Autobots and Decepticons. Michael Bay will once again direct the latest sequel in the Transformers franchise. This time around, there’s a major twist: The film will have a new look and a new cast.

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Last year, it was confirmed that Oscar nominee Mark Wahlberg would headline Transformers 4. That’s quite a shift from the young Shia LaBeouf. The actor will star alongside relative newcomer Jack Reynor to kick off another trilogy.

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Bay recently spoke with Forbes about his Transformers transformation.

“We’re going to start off smaller. There’s a brand-new cast,” Bay said. “To freshen the franchise we’ve redesigned everything from top to bottom. The history of the first three movies is still there — we start four years later and there’s a reason why we’re meeting a new cast.”

Despite the makeover, Bay insists the film isn’t a reboot. He wants to nip those rumors in the bud.

“No, that’s wrong. We keep the Transformers the way they were — it’s just four years later,” he explained. “There’s a reason the Transformers are redesigned. We’re trying to broaden the franchise and give it more places to go.”

He’s right. The series will need something to keep it interesting. Transformers: Dark of the Moon felt redundant and uninspired. Hopefully, its successor will be bigger and better.

Before Bay tackles robots again, he’ll work with Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson in Pain & Gain, an action comedy that debuts this spring (April 26).

Transformers 4 is scheduled to hit theaters in 2014.

Photo credit: Patrick Hoffmann/WENN

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