China has one of the fastest growing cinema businesses in the world, and with ticket sales in decline in the US and the UK, Paramount are looking to set and shoot Michael Bay’s Transformers 4 there. See, China are notoriously picky about what films can be shown in their country, and only present their film in IMAX or 3D. Many US films have post-converted to 3D in order to have their film shown there because considering China’s 1.2 billion population (1/5 of the entire planet), it is a good and finacially smart market to crack.
The recent Red Dawn remake even changed the main enemies from Chinese to North Korean in order to have the film granted a release, and now Paramount are looking to do something similar.
The aim is to set Transformers 4 in China, and also film there with the possibility of setting up a partnership with a local film company. A source at Variety said: “By getting Chinese culture into it, there’s a better chance of getting it into China and less chance of getting frozen out.”
Personally I would love to see the new film set in China as I feel the Transformers franchise needs a major shift to refresh it, and seeing some different settings being ravaged by giant robots is very exciting. It is also likely that director Michael Bay will utilize both IMAX and 3D in his new film.
While plot details are still heavily guarded, what we do know is that the film revolves around a father, his daughter, and his daughter’s race car driver boyfriend. We already know that Mark Wahlberg has been cast as the father, and Michael Bay is currently testing for a younger cast to play Wahlberg’s daughter and the race car driver.
It has been reported that Bay is looking at Luke Grimes, Landon Liboiron, Brenton Thwaites, Jack Reynor and fan-favorite Hunter Parrish to play the role of the race car driver boyfriend.
For the daughter, Bay has supposedly lined up the following talent: Isabelle Cornish (sister of Abbie Cornish), “The Last Airbender’s” Nicola Peltz, Margaret Qualley and Gabriella Wilde.
The female cast are relative unknowns, but so was Megan Fox when she appeared in Transformers. It is likely that it will be looks that win them the job, so take a look below and see which actress you’d prefer to see in the film.
Transformers 4 has a planned release date of 27th June 2014.