One Shall Stand, One Shall Fall

Michael Bay and his arsenal of dynamite and CGI are back with Transformers: Age of Extinction. A forth movie in the franchise and also the first of a new planned trilogy. Not much is known about the movie but we do have some information we can bring you.

Age of Extinction begins after an epic battle left a great city torn, but with the world saved.  As humanity picks up the pieces, a shadowy group reveals itself in an attempt to control the direction of history…while an ancient, powerful new menace sets Earth in its crosshairs.

With help from a new cast of humans (led by Mark Wahlberg), Optimus Prime and the Autobots rise to meet their most fearsome challenge yet.  In an incredible adventure, they are swept up in a war of good and evil, ultimately leading to a climactic battle across the world.

The New Players

Mark Wahlberg (Cade Yeager)

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Wahlberg earned both Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations for his standout work in the family boxing film “The Fighter“and Martin Scorsese’s acclaimed drama “The Departed.“

Also an accomplished film and television producer, Wahlberg has won many awards, among them a Golden Globe, a Peabody and a BAFTA.  He has also been nominated for an Oscar, nine Golden Globes and five Emmys.

In addition to “Entourage,““The Gambler,“ “Lone Survivor,“ “Broken City,“ “Contraband,“ “The Fighter“ and “We Own the Night,“ Wahlberg is executive producer of the HBO series “Boardwalk Empire“as well as the A&E series “Wahlburgers“ and “Breaking Boston.“  He also executive produced HBO’s “Entourage,“ “In Treatment“ and “How to Make It in America.“

A committed philanthropist, Wahlberg founded The Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation in 2001 to benefit inner-city children and teens.

Stanley Tucci (Joshua Joyce)

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Tucci has appeared in over 50 films and countless television shows. He has appeared in over a dozen plays, on and off Broadway and has been behind the camera working as a writer, director, and producer.

Tucci is well known for his role as Julia Child’s husband in the 2008 blockbuster hit “Julie and Julia.“ He reached his widest audience yet in the box office sensation, “The Hunger Games,“ and its sequel “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire“ playing the role of Caesar Flickerman. He will soon be seen in the third installment, “The Hunger Games: Mocking Jay, Part One“ later this year, and is currently filming “Part Two,“ set for release in 2015.

Kelsey Grammer (Harold Attinger)

Grammer has excelled at the highest level in theatre, television and film as an actor, producer, and director.

An initial role as Dr. Frasier Crane on “Cheers“ developed into the cornerstone of the Juilliard-trained actor’s career.  Grammer played the celebrated character in three different television series (“Cheers,” “Wings“ and “Frasier“) over a span of 20 years, tying the record for longest-running television character.

Portraying Crane, Grammer has won five Emmys, two Golden Globes and a SAG Award and has received an unparalleled 16 Emmy nominations, eight Golden Globe nominations, and 16 SAG nominations.

Nicola Peltz (Tessa Yeager)

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Peltz is a 19-year-old rising star who starred opposite Vera Farmiga and Freddie Highmore in the hit A&E drama series “Bates Motel.“ Prior to that, she starred opposite Dev Patel in M. Night Shyamalan’s “The Last Airbender.“ She will next be seen in the coming-of-age drama, “Affluenza,“ co-starring Steve Guttenberg, Samantha Mathis and Ben Rosenfield.

Jack Reynor (Shane Dyson)

Reynor is quickly becoming one of Hollywood’s most sought after leading actors.  As the major breakout of last year’s TIFF and 2013 Tribeca Film Festival, he has caught the attention of the industry’s most talented people including Steven Spielberg, Michael Bay, Vince Vaughn, and Mark Wahlberg.

Reynor comes from humble beginnings.  Raised in Ireland, he has grown up with an incredible work ethic and a strong passion for films.

Next up he will portray a taxi driver who gets embroiled in the world of human trafficking in the Irish crime drama, ”Glassland,” opposite Academy Award-nominated Toni Collette.

Li BingBing (Su Yueming)

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Li made her film debut in 1999 in Zhang Yuan’s “Seventeen Years” and won a Best Actress award at the Singapore Film Festival for the role.  In 2005, she starred in “The Knot,” and received a Huabiao Award for Most Outstanding Female Actor, which is the most prestigious award in Chinese cinema. Li also received the Best Actress of the 17th Golden Rooster Hundred Flowers Film Award (China’s Oscar equivalent) for her performance in this film.

Li’s first lead role in an English-speaking film was 2011’s “Snow Flower and the Secret Fan.”  The film also starred Hugh Jackman and Korean actress Gianna Jun and was screened at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.

Transformers: Age of Extinction opens in cinemas June 26 2014

Images courtesy of United International Pictures Singapore

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