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"Transformers" Sequel First Photos, New Details

01/30/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

The "Transformers" sequel starring Shia LaBeouf And Megan Fox is out in summer 2009, and new stills show the movie's incredible access to the pyramids of Egypt and visual proof that Shia's hand injury, from a car crash earlier this year, has been written into the film.

Directed by Michael Bay, "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" shot some scenes in Giza at the pyramids, the first time the Egyptian government such access has been granted to the 5,000-year-old site.

Other scenes were shot in New Mexico, standing in for Eqypt. Says Bay:

'The Pentagon gave its stamp of approval to the film and allowed production amid the dunes of the Army's New Mexico missile range.

'They let us do the run of things, we have so many military assets. Plus, this is a missile range -- we can just fire into the set. It's a great place.'

Among the equipment used in the movie in the desert sequence alone were two A-10 Thunderbolt II 'Warthog' tank-killing jets, six F-16 Fighting Falcons, 10 armored Humvees, the Army's Golden Knights parachute team; two Abrams tanks, two Bradley tanks, two missile-launcher vehicles, two armoured personnel carriers; and a quarter-mile of the missile testing range, cleared of unexploded ordnance and built into an Egyptian town and temple.

Read more on the action sequences in USA Today.

Meanwhile Fox says she gained 10 lbs for the film, as Bay does not like skinny girls.

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