Mark Wahlberg to star in ‘Transformers 4’

November 09 2012, 11:00 AM EST By

Michael Bay, director of the Transformers film series, confirmed that Mark Wahlberg, will star in next summer's Transformers 4. Bay and Wahlberg recently worked together on Pain & Gain, an upcoming action comedy that also stars Dwayne (formerly known as "The Rock") Johnson. 

In a post on his website, Bay says, "Mark is awesome. We had a blast working on Pain and Gain, and I’m so fired up to be back working with him. An actor of his caliber is the perfect guy to re-invigorate the franchise and carry on the Transformers’ legacy."

The first Transformers film opened at No. 1 and earned more than $700 million worldwide when it was release in 2007. The second film, Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen grossed more than $830 million, and the last film, Transformers: Dark Of The Moon, brought in more than a billion dollars, making it the fifth highest grossing film of all time. 

The fourth installment of the franchise hits theaters June 27, 2014.