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"Transporter" for "Transformers"

Writer: Dhivashini

7 Jul – After "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" successfully helped the franchise reach to greater box office heights, speculations regarding a fourth "Transformers" film started surfacing. According to reports from AceShowbiz, the production team is currently looking for a new leading actor and they have their eyes on Jason Statham ("Transporter").

Action hero Jason Statham (left) is said to replace Shia LaBeouf (right) for possible "Transformers" sequel.

The real-life boyfriend of Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, who replaced Megan Fox as the leading lady for the third installment, is mentioned in the report to have the star power to bring a different image for possible future sequel.

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

The rumour of Statham taking over as the lead surfaced after both LaBeouf and director Michael Bay hinted at their departure from the franchise.

"If they're going to do it again, they have to attempt it with somebody else [LaBeouf and Bay]," LaBeouf said on the NYC premiere of "Dark of the Moon". "We took it to the limit. We tried as hard as we could. I don't think we can turn in a movie that's better than this, really."

Statham will next appear in "Killer Elite" opposite Robert De Niro and Clive Owen, which will be released in Malaysia and Singapore this September.

Cinema Online, 07 July 2011