01/08/2013 04:10 pm ET

'Transformers 4': Jack Reynor To Star, According To Michael Bay

"Transformers 4" will star newcomer Jack Reynor. That's the word from Michael Bay, who announced the casting news on his personal website.

"I just hired a great new actor for 'Transformers 4' to star against Mark Wahlberg," Bay wrote. "Jack Reynor, he is an Irish kid that came to America with 30 bucks in his pocket. Pretty ballsy. Seriously who does that? Anyway I spotted him in a great little Irish movie 'What Richard Did.' This kid is the real deal."

This isn't the first time Bay has eschewed the Hollywood trades to announce "Transformers 4" casting; the director previously posted about Wahlberg's involvement in the film, before Deadline.com or Variety or The Hollywood Reporter had the chance to break the news. “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 late last year. "An actor of his caliber is the perfect guy to re-invigorate the franchise and carry on the 'Transformers' legacy."

Bay's latest announcement, meanwhile, seemed to upset Variety reporter Jeff Sneider.

As the director noted on his website, "Transformers 4" is not a reboot of the franchise but another sequel. It's set to take place four years after the events of "Transformers: Dark of the Moon."

For more on Reynor's casting, head over to MichaelBay.com.

[via MichaelBay.com]

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