Mark Wahlberg Flexes: 'Transformers 4' Poster and Trailer Sneak Peek

Monday, 03 March 2014 12:36 Written by  Jordan DeSaulnier
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Mark Wahlberg Flexes: 'Transformers 4' Poster and Trailer Sneak Peek

The latest poster for Transformers: Age of Extinction doesn't put Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, or even Dinobots front and center.

Instead, this one sheet hyping the fourth Transformers (which we continue to hope will, in fact, be titled Trans4mers: Age of Extinction), focuses on the new actor stepping in for Shia LaBeouf as the leading man and human face of a franchise built on fast cars, nimble robots, sexy babes, and explosions aplenty.

That would be Mark Wahlberg, who leads a cast that also includes Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor, T.J. Miller, Stanley TucciKelsey Grammer, and Bingbing Li.  Chinese actors Byron Li, Austin Lin, Candice Zhao, and Teresa Daley, meanwhile, won small roles in the sequel via through the reality competition series Transformers 4 Chinese Actor Talent Search.

Wahlberg plays Cade Yaeger, small-town inventor and single dad to Peltz's character, with Reynor as her race car-driving boyfriend.  The first theatrical trailer for Age of Extinction is set to debut online tomorrow (Tuesday, March 4th), so we'll learn more about the story propping up all the big action sequences within the next twenty-four hours or so.

In order to hype tomorrow's trailer premiere, a quick glimpse of footage from the sequel is making the rounds online.  But first, here's the Wahlbergian poster that dropped at Yahoo! Movies today:

That's a funny gun Mr. Yaeger's toting.  In fact, it looks very much like a Transformers-sized sword/gun combo.

But you can see the swordgun clearly enough on your own.  How about a brief taste of tomorrow's trailer, courtesy of Comic Book Movie?  How about that:

Between the new cast and the redesigned Autobots, this might feel like a full-blown Transformers reboot, but it's not.  Age of Extinction is a sequel, acknowledging all that came before, but it is also something of a soft reboot, starting out with unfamiliar Earthling characters and rejiggered robots meant to boost Hasbro's toy sales.

Michael Bay, returning for what he absolutely swears will be his last Autobot adventure, has been emphatic in his assertion that this is no reboot.  "We keep the Transformers the way they were, it’s just four years later," he said last year. "There’s a reason the Transformers are redesigned. We’re trying to broaden the franchise and give it more places to go."

Transformers: Age of Extinction hits theaters on June 27th.  Check back tomorrow to see the trailer.

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