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Yesterday it was announced that Michael Bay is definitely returning to direct 'Transformers 4.' That announcement came courtesy of Bay's producer Lorenzo Di Bonaventura who also let slip that the fourth installment of the giant robot franchise would be a reboot. Today, some de facto casting news has surfaced thanks to franchise star Josh Duhamel. At last night's launch party for Sony's PS Vita, Duhamel told E! that he would not be returning for 'Trans4mers,' and seemed fairly certain that no one from the original cast, or at least the cast of 'Transformers: Dark of the Moon,' would be returning either. Here's what he said...
"I don't think anybody's doing it. I know Shia [LaBoeuf]'s not doing it. I don't think Tyrese or Rosie [Huntington-Whiteley] or anybody else is doing it. Whenever these movies make that much money they're going to make as many as they can. I haven't heard anything about it. They haven't called me."
At first glance, this would be shocking news, and Duhamel seems put off by not having been called. The fact remains however that, according to Di Bonaventura, the newest Transformers film will be a reboot of the franchise. Reboots often involve entirely new stories with entirely new casts of characters so the fact that they wouldn't be bringing back characters from the first three films is not surprising. I'll be honest, I liked Josh Duhamel in the first three films and I'll be sorry to see him out of the fourth installment. However, I'm not going to pretend that the idea of a complete absence of Shia LaBoeuf in 'Trans4mers' is not a huge enticement for me to see it. So the question now becomes, how will the story be revamped to inject new life into the franchise?
Any ideas from our trusty Spillios?