Michael Bay screen-testing actresses for Transformers 4

Now that he’s cast Mark Wahlberg as his leading man, Michael Bay is free to get down to what we’d guess is his favourite part of casting a Transformers movie: finding a gorgeous young starlet for his camera to linger over.

The story is set to focus upon Wahlberg’s character and his daughter, and it’s the daughter role that is currently being cast. Isabelle Cornish (sister of Abbie, pictured) is one name on the shortlist, alongside Nicola Peltz, Gabriella Wilde and Margaret Quallay, daughter of Andie MacDowell.

Apparently screen-testing is set to take place this week, so we should know who Bay has opted for in due course. Meanwhile, that character will also have a boyfriend, a role for which Bay is also testing young hopefuls.

Luke Grimes is reportedly on the list to play the beau in question, as is Landon Liboiron, Brenton Thwaites, Jack Reynor and Hunter Parrish. Or maybe he’ll just cast Shia again… who knows?

Set four years after the events of the last film, Transformers 4 will open in the UK on 27 June 2014.

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