Michael Bay confirms: Transformers 4 has found its leading man

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Jul 4, 2015, 2:09 PM EDT

There has been a whirlwind of casting rumors surrounding Michael Bay's semi-reboot Transformers 4—and oddly enough it all centered on one guy, Bay collaborator Mark Wahlberg (The Departed, The Other Guys).

Now it's official: Wahlberg will take over for Transformers 1-3 star Shia LaBeouf in the new installment. Who's he playing? No clue, but one rumor being floated is that he's the father of a teenage girl who gets wrapped up in all the robo-shenanigans. Or perhaps he'll a military type working with the Autobots.

Bay didn't elaborate on the specifics of the role, but did confirm the casting on his official website (while also unveiling the new logo above):

"Mark is awesome. We had a blast working on Pain and Gain and I'm so fired up to be back working with him. An actor of his caliber is the perfect guy to re-invigorate the franchise and carry on the Transformers' legacy."
The up-and-down road to this point was a weird one, with Wahlberg rumored for the role, followed by Bay shooting that report down, then saying that he'd changed his mind again and that Wahlberg is back in the hunt. Oh, and did we mention that all happened in the span of about two weeks?

Regardless, he should be a good fit for the explodey insanity that is Transformers.

What do you think? Who do you think Wahlberg will be playing?

(Via Entertainment Weekly)