Irish heartthrob lands leading 'Transformers 4' role

05:00 AM, Jan 08, 2013

The new star of "Transformers 4" -- Irish actor Jack Reynor. Peter Rowen/


Written By by Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY

Meet Irish newcomer Jack Reynor.

On Tuesday, Transformers 4 director Michael Bay announced he had cast the actor alongside leading man Mark Wahlberg in the next installment of the mega-franchise.

I just hired a great new actor for Transformers 4 to star against Mark Wahlberg. Jack Reynor, he is an Irish kid that came to America with 30 bucks in his pocket,” Bay wrote on his website michaelbay.com. “Seriously who does that?”

Bay pointed out that he spotted Reynor “in a great little Irish movie” called What Richard Did and hired him.

This kid is the real deal,” Bay wrote.

Bay also cleared up a few points about the next Transformer movie. It is not a reboot (“that word has been floating around on the net,” Bay wrote). The new chapter takes place shortly after 2011’s Transformers: Dark of the Moon ended. And the new installment is the first of a planned trilogy.

This movie takes place exactly 4 years after the war in Chicago,” Bay wrote. “The story makes a very natural transition, and reason as to why we have a whole new cast. This Transformers will feel very different then the last three. We are embarking on a new trilogy.”

The film is due out June 27, 2014.

Reynor has 915 followers on his Twitter account, which will likely change quickly. He apologized for his lack of Tweets on Dec. 27.

Sorry for the twitter silence,” he wrote. “Have been super busy.”