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.



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    Transformers 4: Expendables VS. Decepticons

    • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

      Not a bad analogy. A smaller more elite crew of soldiers working side by side with the Autobots to find the hiding Decepticons, who are now trying to make allies with certain countries by giving tech and escalating the new arms race.

  • juggernaut

    Transformers 4: Expendables VS. Decepticons

  • PureLionHeart

    Dear Lord, this is probably the best thing that could have happened to Transformers!

  • http://www.grifiti.com Tin Hoang

    Definitely is not going to hurt the franchise. It can really only go up.

  • http://twitter.com/Terminator2366 Bad Zack

    is that because he screws Rosie

  • Rfmush

    Best news I’ve heard in this industry thus far

  • Crimson

    The Transporter meets the The Transformers

  • Tony C

    I hope they just “re-boot” the franchise instead, including a complete redesign of some of the robots.

    And please don’t bring back Rosie-whats-her-face. There’s surely thousands of beautiful ladies out there capable of looking good and actually acting.

    • Rick-mojo

      Jason Stratham you gotta be joking? Seriously I couldn’t think of anything worse, don’t get me wrong I love him on the screen but he doesn’t suit the franchise at all. It will be the death of the Transformers franchise if they have Stratham. Of god and please get rid of that Rosie chick, she can’t act, she should stick to Victorias Secret modeling. Obviously doesnt like a colorful wardrobe almost every scene she was wearing white, what was with that. Those steroid lips as well Jesus she should stop injecting. Bring back Megan Fox she suited the role perfectly. I certainly will not be watching Transformers ever again if they make such drastic changes. I certainly don’t want to watch a balding 40 something year old man with a constant 5 day shadow on his face running around with the Autobots it’s just wrong.

    • Rick-mojo

      Jason Stratham you gotta be joking? Seriously I couldn’t think of anything worse, don’t get me wrong I love him on the screen but he doesn’t suit the franchise at all. It will be the death of the Transformers franchise if they have Stratham. Of god and please get rid of that Rosie chick, she can’t act, she should stick to Victorias Secret modeling. Obviously doesnt like a colorful wardrobe almost every scene she was wearing white, what was with that. Those steroid lips as well Jesus she should stop injecting. Bring back Megan Fox she suited the role perfectly. I certainly will not be watching Transformers ever again if they make such drastic changes. I certainly don’t want to watch a balding 40 something year old man with a constant 5 day shadow on his face running around with the Autobots it’s just wrong.

  • Tony C

    I hope they just “re-boot” the franchise instead, including a complete redesign of some of the robots.

    And please don’t bring back Rosie-whats-her-face. There’s surely thousands of beautiful ladies out there capable of looking good and actually acting.

  • Guest

    Bad idea. Statham’s talent is in kicking ass and being a tough guy. Running away from explosions while robots do all the dirty work is just a complete waste. They need someone young and insignificant who isn’t going to overshadow the robots.

    On the plus side though, at least Bay is going so the movies can’t really get any worse.

    • PureLionHeart

      >Implying the robots do all the dirty work in the Transformers movies
      >Implying the young, insignificant actor they already had wasn’t overshadowing the robots.

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