'Transformers 5' news: Filming to start in Michigan this summer


The residents of Michigan will witness a lot of action this summer as Paramount Pictures is set to start filming “Transformers 5” in the state. 

Variety quotes Paramount Pictures’ physical production president Lee Rosenthal as saying, “Michigan has been so welcoming of Michael Bay and the ‘Transformers’ movies over the years and we are thrilled to be returning for this next incredible installment.” 

Michigan was also where some of the scenes in three of the past four “Transformers” movies were filmed. 

According to Variety, the “Transformers” team is anticipating to have around 450 Michigan residents out of the 850 people they will hire for the film’s cast and crew. They are also expecting to hire 700 extras. With this, Paramount Pictures will reportedly be receiving an incentive of $21 million for its production in the state, based on an agreement before the state legislature. The company is said to have $42 million in eligible incentives with its mutliple pre-approved applications to the state office. 

Michigan Film and Digital Media Office commissioner Jenell Leonard stated that the filming of “Transformers 5” in Michigan “is a major economic boost and a testament to the talent of the state’s production community.”

“Transformers 5” will see the return of Mark Wahlberg as Cade Yaeger, a role first seen in “Transformers: Age of Extinction.”  According to Cinema Blend, the fifth film will start a new trilogy of “Transformers” movies.

Michael Bay will be directing the fifth film. He also directed the other four “Transformers” films, which earned a total of $3.7 billion worldwide, as summarized in Box Office Mojo‘s report. 

“Transformers 5” is set to hit the big screen in 2017, followed by a spin-off in 2018 featuring the yellow autobot Bumblebee. The next film is set for 2019.