Mark Wahlberg Could End Up Starring in 'Transformers 4' After All

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In news that can only encourage further development of unfounded-but-plausible-sounding casting rumors, Michael Bay appears to be entertaining the notion of casting Mark Wahlberg in in Transformers 4.

The notion of Wahlberg battling CGI Decepticons first surfaced a couple of weeks ago, with the usual unnamed sources suggesting his involvement in Bay's Pain and Gain could lead to a gig in the next Transformers sequel. Bay was quick to shoot down those reports, dismissing them as "just a rumor," but the whole thing seems to have given him food for thought.

Bay shared the news on his website, saying, "I had such a great time working with Mark on Pain and Gain, and he gave such a great performance – well let’s say that very internet chatter gave me some ideas. We are at the inception of our story process right now on T4. Let’s say some ideas are gaining traction with me and my writer – so I’m here to say thanks internet chatter."

Bay has previously demonstrated an absolute willingness to use the web as a sharp tool for trolling his audience, so it's worth taking his words with a few giant grains of salt, particularly given his careful use of couching phrases like "let's say." On the other hand, the idea of Wahlberg in a Transformers movie makes perfect box office sense, and if there's one thing that seems to motivate Bay, it's box office. Let's say it's easy to see this happening -- and in the meantime, let's think of some other ways to influence Michael Bay with internet chatter.

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