What Richard Did

If you’ve heard of What Richard Did, there’s a good chance it was in the context of a conversation about Transformers 4. A few months ago, Irish actor Jack Reynor was plucked from relative obscurity to become Michael Bay‘s new Shia LaBeouf, and What Richard Did was one of the few films on his resume. If Transformers 4 does well, this young star has the potential to become one of Hollywood’s hottest young stars overnight. But as he moves on to higher-profile roles, his sensitive turn in What Richard Did makes me hope he won’t leave indies behind completely.

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Alien Resurrection Joss Whedon

Joss Whedon is still pretty bummed about what happened with Alien: Resurrection. Also after the jump:

  • Jack Reynor talks TransformersMegan Fox won’t return
  • Michael Bay reveals some shooting locations and a runtime
  • Producer claims Dwayne Johnson will be back for Fast 7
  • Jurassic Park 4 and Pirates 5 might head to Hawaii to shoot

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Today’s Sequel Bits is jam-packed with quotes, videos, images, and more. After the jump:

  • Die Hard is getting a permanent mural for its 25th birthday
  • J.J. Abrams talks Star Trek; what do the comics tell us?
  • Who wants a walk-on role in Insidious Chapter 2?
  • Jack Reynor comments on his Transformers 4 casting
  • Dave Franco would like to come back for 21 Jump Street 2
  • Bruce Boxleitner is not sure if he’s coming back for Tron 3
  • Katee Sackhoff talks Riddick, Vin Diesel offers a new pic
  • See the futuristic cars of Mad Max: Fury Road in action

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As rumored for the past few months, Michael Bay has officially announced that newcomer Jack Reynor has been cast opposite Mark Wahlberg in Transformers 4. Reynor is an Irish actor who caught Bay’s eye in the small film called What Richard Did. The director calls him “the real deal.”

In Bay’s annoucnement, he’s also very specific in saying Transformers 4 is not a reboot. In fact, it takes place four years after the last film and has a specific reason for the new cast. He also says that “we are embarking on a new trilogy.” Read his full statement after the jump. Read More »

After the jump:

  • Christoph Waltz might appear in The Muppets 2 after all
  • Has Transformers 4 replaced Brenton Thwaites with Jack Reynor?
  • Berandal (a.k.a. The Raid 2) announces new cast members
  • Walton Goggins promises to be funny in G.I. Joe: Retaliation
  • Paul Rudd doesn’t know much about Anchorman 2 but hopes it’ll be good
  • Samuel L. Jackson has things to say about Unbreakable
  • Paramount and the Puzo estate settle the Godfather suit
  • A Good Day to Die Hard debuts two explosive TV spots
  • Trick ‘R Treat‘s Sam has a holiday greeting for you

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Who wants to be the next Shia LaBeouf? Love him or hate him, it’s tough to deny that he’s got the kind of career most aspiring actors would kill for. No surprise, then, that Transformers 4 is one of the hottest projects currently casting.

Michael Bay is getting ready to test actors for the male and female leads, and his appointment book includes slots for several up and comers including stars from The Last Airbender, Carrie, Taken 2, Terra Nova, Weeds, and Maleficent. Their names may not ring a bell right now, but they will someday if they get that part. More after the jump.

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