By Katie Nelson
Image credit: James Griffiths / Hasbro.
Aspiring movie stars across China will have the chance to score a role in the latest Transformers film alongside Mark Wahlberg and Stanley Tucci with the help of a new reality show.
The China Movie Channel announced at the Beijing International Film Festival on Thursday that the reality show, “Transformers 4 Chinese Actor Talent Search,” will be seeking actors via talent competition. The show will produce four winners to appear on screen with the semi-star-studded cast of new instalment.
And, like each new Transformers movie, it gets better! The competition is open to both professional and nonprofessional actors alike. Two of the winning spots will be reserved for contestants with zero acting experience (roles previously taken by Megan Fox, Shia LaBeouf, and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley).
Paramount Pictures announced that the latest Transformers installment will be a Chinese co-production and will feature scenes filmed in China.
According to the Business Insider, “producer Lorenzo DiBonaventura said adding more Chinese actors to the film will help bring ‘the Chinese culture, Chinese traditions, and Chinese talent into the movie.'”
Assuming, of course, that the Chinese actors’ roles in the film won’t be edited out of the Western release, as has happened in the past.
Either way, the series will begin airing this in China this June. Get ready.