Jason Statham taking over the Transformers franchise?

Rumours abound he’s the new lead

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Michael Bay and Shia LaBeouf are moving on from the Transformers franchise, but with Paramount keen to keep the money spinning, who to take the reins?

Well, if recent rumours are to be believed, none other than British ball-buster Jason Statham.

According to Showbiz Spy (uh, yeah), the Crank star is poised for the lead in Transformers 4, and will take the robo-series into a “darker” direction.

Whether that means the introduction of the actor’s favourite four letter expletives and new catchphrase “I’m going to nut me a decepticon!” remains to be seen.

Yes, this is all to be taken with a huge helping of salt - and no doubt a rumour cranked out thanks to the fact that Statham is currently dating T3 babe Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.

Is the world ready for a Statham-led Transformers movie? Watch this space.

Genius? Or gah?! Think Statham teaming up with the Autobots is an amazing idea? Talk to us below...

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    • blade32

      Jul 6th 2011, 8:12

      that sounds awesome. Transformers is a pretty annoying with LaBeouf and Bay, a dark direction with the Stath is defo the way forward!

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    • ChrisWootton

      Jul 6th 2011, 9:29

      He's dating her? What is she, like 20 years his junior?

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    • TheDarkShite

      Jul 6th 2011, 9:35

      I think you need a lead that can at least act as well as the cgi robots, so thats him out in my opinion.

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    • chaosdefined

      Jul 6th 2011, 9:54

      I think we need to have the Transformers finally take the lead in their own movies.

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    • Hadouken76

      Jul 6th 2011, 10:24

      he could turn into a cockney taxi....but refuse to fight south of the river

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    • jaykays hat

      Jul 6th 2011, 10:36

      Hadouken us cockneys don't go South of the river for no one, not even Optimus Prime. I can just see Statham saying to Megatron, don't mug me off mate or I'll feed ya to the pigs.

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    • clearwriter

      Jul 6th 2011, 11:19

      What was the reasoning behind this possible decision? "How can we make Transformers a bit more s**t?" "Oh yeah, grab that one note, bad actor who they claim is a great action star!" Good lord!

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    • ScottFree

      Jul 6th 2011, 11:26

      The Stath...whahahaha a bit late for April Fool's don't you think....

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    • ChrisWootton

      Jul 6th 2011, 11:33

      I thought the second movie was the one that was going darker.... and then they said it about this new one. In fact, they always say "this one is going to be darker"... they never are, stop saying it!!! It's as annoying as "it's not a remake, it's a re-imagining". As for the Stath, I think he's quite watchable (nobody, including him I imagine, claim he's a particularly good actor)... it's just the robots I find unwatchable. But then what do I know? It's making a s**t load of money

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    • WayneT23

      Jul 6th 2011, 11:54

      Aw this would be just amazing to see. The Stath & Prime kicking a*s together, much better than NONONONONONONONO , and Baysplosions. Cant believe Stath is dating that chick though , I actually think she is quite rough looking. And as far as her acting skills , she has none.

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    • joker16

      Jul 6th 2011, 12:20

      After the 1st one I refused to sit through the 2nd and 3rd....... but with Bay & Shia gone and with Statham taking the lead, I don't know, sounds tempting.

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    • MikeyRix

      Jul 6th 2011, 19:25

      As if the series needs any less incentive! -_- *facepalm*

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    • Ali1748

      Jul 6th 2011, 20:53

      Transformers: The Rise Of Chev Chelios.

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    • DanRose

      Jul 7th 2011, 0:05

      Set it in England.... blow the s**t out of Luton..... I'll pay to watch that

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    • bev255

      Jul 8th 2011, 15:33

      Stath could voice a robot i suppose, that woud be ok. Why do we need another lead, Josh Duhamel and Tyrese Gibson are more than capable of stepping up..

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    • Benmorse

      Jul 8th 2011, 16:20

      Agreed. Duhamel and Gibson are proven draws. There is no character from canon that fits Statham's look, and taking it darker switches off the kid dollar, so that won't happen. Bay has already made it as violent as humanly possible for a PG13. Instead, might I offer this: Cronenberg directs, and we focus on the "headmasters" idea that humans are fused with cybertronian circuitry to become the heads or hearts of transformers, and transform with them? No? sod it then. Give it to LeTerrier and let's watch things go 'splodeyboom.

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    • aidyspady999

      Jul 8th 2011, 23:53

      best decision in film making ever

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    • BatmanOriginal

      Jul 13th 2011, 14:43

      someone needs to kick all movie franchizes asses because no one knows what they are doing. shia wasnt the best choice but i dont think he is the best replacement either. seriously.

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    • BatmanOriginal

      Jul 13th 2011, 14:43

      someone needs to kick all movie franchizes asses because no one knows what they are doing. shia wasnt the best choice but i dont think he is the best replacement either. seriously.

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    • BatmanOriginal

      Jul 13th 2011, 14:43

      someone needs to kick all movie franchizes asses because no one knows what they are doing. shia wasnt the best choice but i dont think he is the best replacement either. seriously.

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    • danbullock

      Aug 17th 2011, 20:48

      Ha. Go for it.

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    • jayjay12

      Aug 18th 2011, 9:01

      who says that he owuld be a good guy if he joins the cast? hes is more then capable of playing the evil millionaire whose paid to have megatron fixed and upgraded to galvatron and try to control the earth side by side with glavatron

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