Is Jason Statham Taking Over as Savior of Humankind Vs. the Transforming Robots?

I.e. in “Transformers 4″?

(Oh come on, you know they’re doing a “Transformers 4″, right? Even without Michael Bay directing and Shia LaBeouf acting, Paramount is doing a “Transformers 4″. It’s probably the surest thing in Hollywood next to Paris Hilton sucking at acting. And if you need a reason, here it is: over $400 million in just one week of release. Thus, “Transformers 4″. So in the next few days/weeks when you hear some fanboy site proclaiming, “Exclusive! Paramount Developing Transformers 4!” And then quoting unnamed sources inside Paramount, feel free to let out a loud snicker.)

And without LaBeouf, who has said, over and over again that “Dark of the Moon” is his last “Transformers” movie, the franchise will need a new leading man. Wouldn’t you know it? The name being mentioned as a possible replacement is Jason Statham, who just so happens to be the current boyfriend of Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, the new leading lady in the series (and LaBeouf’s onscreen lady love).

The rumor comes courtesy of Showbiz Spy, who quotes an unnamed Hollywood “insider” as saying that Statham is just “one of the stars” being mentioned as a possible LaBeouf stand-in for the forth installment. What’s more, the insider claims the fourth movie will take the franchise in a “darker direction”.

It’s clear the franchise still has huge potential but with a new leading man capable of taking Transformers in a new, darker direction. Jason could be just the man to do that and his relationship with Rosie would be an added bonus in marketing the movie.

“Darker direction”? Does that mean no more comedy relief/racist robots running around onscreen? Say it ain’t so! Cause my nephews love those guys.

Well if nothing else, Statham certainly has plenty of experience looking cool onscreen while things go KABOOM all around him. He should fit right into a “Transformers” movie if he lands the gig.