Looking to stoke fan excitement for the upcoming installment in the action movie franchise from director Michael Bay, Paramount has revealed a first look at an upgraded Optimus Prime and images of two new Autobots that will be battling Decepticons right alongside him. The photos, taken on the Monument Valley, Utah, set of the sequel, feature Optimus Prime as a customized Western Star truck, along with the new characters, a sleek Bugatti Grand Sport Vitesse and a special race-inspired C7 Corvette Stingray.
Not pictured is the film’s Oscar-nominated star Mark Walhberg. Announcing Wahlberg's casting in "Transformers 4" this past November on his blog, Bay wrote, "Mark is awesome. An actor of his caliber is the perfect guy to re-invigorate the franchise and carry on the 'Transformers' legacy." In an interview with The Times last year, Bay talked openly about his plans for a fourth "Transformers" movie, saying at the time that it "absolutely" will be his last.
"Here's the thing," Bay said at the time. "It's tough to find someone who’s done these kind of movies, and to have the complication of creating the new stuff that needs to be in this movie — not just characters but a new type of action, I hope — and that’s a lot for someone new to bite off. And so after this one I will leave it in the best hands possible. That’s the plan."
"Transformers 4" film is set to arrive in theaters June 27, 2014.
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