12/17/2012 08:22 am ET Updated Feb 16, 2013

Mark Wahlberg: 'Transformers 4' Is 'The Most Important Role Of My Career'

Mark Wahlberg has worked with Paul Thomas Anderson, David O. Russell and Martin Scorsese, but it's the chance to star with Optimus Prime that has him excited at the moment.

"I'm thinking this is the most important role of my career and I can do something really special," Wahlberg told Coming Soon about his participation in Michael Bay's "Transformers 4."

Wahlberg and Bay worked together on the black comedy "Pain & Gain" and were going to make another film together. That project was jettisoned, however, when the pair decided "Transformers 4" would be the right fit.

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

According to Wahlberg, the idea of doing a "Transformers" reboot is what appealed to him most. "I loved the idea and I think we can make something really cool and kick-ass," he told Coming Soon. "This is not something where it's already established and I'm just in there to get a paycheck."

Original cast members like Shia LaBeouf, who appeared in three "Transformers" films, will not return to "Transformers 4."

"Transformers 4" is due in theaters on June 27, 2014. To find out how Wahlberg's children feel about his new job, head over to Coming Soon.

[via Coming Soon]

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