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Young Actors Line Up for ‘Transformers 4’ and ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2,’ Including Brady Corbet and Dane DeHaan

Written by on November 14, 2012 

It’s high-time for some casting rumors on the big-scale studio entertainments, so we’re here to provide as much.

The two projects in question are Transformers 4 and The Amazing Spider-Man 2, an unwanted sequel to a beyond-tired franchise and the okay-I’ll-take-it follow-up to an unasked-for reboot that was better than it had any right to be, respectively. First up, for the former, Michael Bay is trying to lock down two roles: the daughter of Mark Wahlberg‘s character, himself the lead, and her jock-y boyfriend. Big parts, all rumors considered, but not ones he’s hoping to attach big names to.

Transformers 4‘s female role — an audition which probably involves something rather prurient on the director’s part — we’re hearing Isabelle Cornish (sister of Abbey), Nicola Peltz (The Last Airbender) Gabriella Wilde (Carrie, The Three Musketeers), and Margaret Qualley, the lattermost of whom sounds to be most famous for being the daughter of Andie MacDowell. It sounds to be a little more prolific, male-wise, with Landon Liboiron (Terra Nova), Luke Grimes (Taken 2), Brenton Thwaites (Maleficent), and Hunter Parrish (Gone, Weeds) coming into the picture; the only unknown is a boy named Jack Reynor.

One will have a shot at being “the next Shia LaBeouf” (as if a 26-year-old needs a new incarnation, for Christ’s sake), so the pressure is on. Your move, Bay.

Meanwhile, Marc Webb is trying to find the next Harry Osborn — which means The Green Goblin or, at least, Norman Osborne, is sort of guaranteed to be here, now — which could almost be the next James Franco, but we’re then talking about another person who doesn’t need some new version on the market. Anyhow, word comes that Dane DeHaan (Lawless, Chronicle), Brady Corbet (Martha Marcy May Marlene, Melancholia), and Alden Ehrenreich (Beautiful Creatures, Tetro) are circling the character, this iteration being (big surprise) of the “dark and edgy” sort. (I thought being angry over your father’s death gave enough leeway for darkness, yet that must not have been enough.) But, since “the character is evolving,” some unnamed performer could end up taking the part for themselves. Who can say.

Transformers 4 will open on June 27th, 2014, while The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is expected to hit on May 2nd, 2014. [THR]

Does either sound like it’s coming along well with these casting considerations?

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