New Transformers 4 Star: Meet Jack Reynor

January 9, 2013
Jack Reynor -- Getty Images

Optimus Prime will have a fresh-faced co-star in the next 'Transformers" movie.

"I just hired a great new actor for 'Transformers 4' to star against Mark Wahlberg. Jack Reynor, he is an Irish kid that came to America with 30 bucks in his pocket. Pretty ballsy," director Michael Bay said in a post on his website.

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"Seriously who does that? Anyway I spotted him in a great little Irish movie 'What Richard Did.' This kid is the real deal," the director continued.

Bay also slammed reports that the fourth installment in the robot franchise was a reboot, and said the events will take place after 2011's "Transformers: Dark of the Moon."

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"'Transformers 4' is not a reboot. That word has been floating around on the net," he wrote. "This movie takes place exactly 4 years after the war in Chicago. The story makes a very natural transition, and reason as to why we have a whole new cast. This 'Transformers' will feel very different than the last three. We are embarking on a new trilogy."

The 20-year-old actor reportedly beat out a slew of other young actors including, "Taken 2's" Luke Grimes, "Terra Nova's" Landon Liboiron, Australian actor Brenton Thwaites and "Weeds" star Hunter Parrish.

First up, Jack will be seen with Vince Vaughn, Cobie Smulders and Chris Pratt in the comedy "Delivery Man."

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