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'Transformers 5' Movie Updates: Multi-Sequel strategy allows Mark Wahlberg, Shia LaBeof to play as lead roles? 2017 Michael Bay premiere confirmed?

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May 4
11:28 AM 2015

From Paramount creating a Transformers universe to familiar and original casts like Mark Wahlberg and Shia Labeof returning on "Transformers 5" to Michael Bay keeping the director's chair - all these have been recently confirmed to be true for the sequel of the 2014 highest grossing film, "Transformers: Age of Extinction."

There will be multiple sequels for the "Transformers 5" movie as Paramount will also apply the multi-sequel model the Marvel used for Star Wars expanded universe. This, according to the Transformers universe head for scouting writers for this movie Akiva Goldsman, means there will be "a multi-part Transformers sequel" and "further spinoffs." As such, Goldsman is not expected to be a part of the writing team as he's tasked to help find screenwriters, along with Michael Bay, Steven Spielberg, and Lorenzo di Bonaventura.

Both Mark Wahlberg, who played the lead role in the fourth Transformers movie installament, and Shia Labeof, who played several lead roles for the movie as Sam Witwicky since it debuted in 2007, are being linked to the upcoming movie and speculations have it that both will be taking the lead roles. That is very much possible given the Paramount's plan of borrowing Star Wars multi-sequel strategy.

"There is that possibility of creating sequels on different timelines (think reboot) or even storylines which would allow both LaBeouf and Wahlberg to co-exist. With the Transformers set to do a few more sequels, that could be a possibility. Who knows they may even cross paths at some point."

While Mark Wahlberg has already confirmed its movie participation on "Transformers 5," Shia Labeof hasn't confirmed or denied the rumor. Wahlberg revealed before that he will be doing more Transformers movie with or without Michael Bay as its director. Channing Tatum is also being linked to the upcoming movie as there are rumors saying that the Transformers could crossover with G.I. Joe.

Megan Fox might also reunite with Wahlberg and Labeof and work again with Bay who recently confirmed that he'll be directing the "Transformers 5" as her return to the Transformers franchise is being speculated.

"Transformers 5" will premier on 2017 as next year release is too short a time turnaround for the movie preparation. News agencies, however, believe that the movie production is waiting for Bay who is currently working on 13 hours.

Like the Star Wars expanded universe, there will certainly villains that will leave a mark for their character. Will Mark Wahlberg and Shia Labeof be battling with villains that resemble those in Star Wars too? Maybe not because Paramount wants to highlight several stories from "the brand that has been around for 30 years with amazing canon and mythology" and this will be the new set of writers' job to make a storyline that is faithful to that goal.

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