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Michael Bay and Paramount Pictures announced Thursday that Mark Wahlberg will star in Transformers 4, due in 2014.

“Mark is awesome,” Bay said in a statement released on his website.

“An actor of his caliber is the perfect guy to re-invigorate the franchise and carry on the Transformers’ legacy.”

This will mark the second time Wahlberg, 41, will work with Bay, 47, on the big screen.

The pair recently wrapped production on Pain and Gain, Bay’s new action comedy also starring Dwayne Johnson, Anthony Mackie, Ed Harris, Rebel Wilson and Rob Corddry.

“We had a blast working on Pain and Gain and I’m so fired up to be back working with [Wahlberg],” Bay continued in his statement Thursday.

The first three Transformers films have grossed more than $2.6 billion worldwide, with the most recent, Dark of the Moon, released just over one year ago.

No word on whether previous Transformers cast members, including Shia LaBeouf, will also appear in the fourth installment.

Transformers 4 will open in theaters June 27, 2014. Filming will begin next spring.

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