'Transformers 5' news: Mark Wahlberg to return to franchise

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Actor Mark Wahlberg has confirmed that he will be returning to the “Transformers” universe to portray Cade Yeager in the upcoming fifth installment of the robot action film. 

In an interview on the red carpet for his latest film, “Daddy’s Home,” Wahlberg was asked by CinePop if he will be in the next “Tranformers” movie. Without any fluff, the action star answered the Brazilian movie website with a simple, “Uh, Yes.” 

Part 5 of “Transformers” is scheduled to start production early next year, and fans will be glad to know that Wahlberg will still be the protagonist of the film. In “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” Wahlberg played struggling inventor, Yeager, who purchased an old truck that happened to be Optimus Prime in an unconscious state. 

“Age of Extinction” did not do well with critics, which Rotten Tomatoes gave a score of 18 percent on the Tomatometer and an audience score of 52 percent. Irregardless, the fourth installment was a huge box office hit, earning $1.1 billion worldwide, according to Box Office Mojo

“Transformers 5” is set to be written by “Iron Man” creators Art Marcum and Matt Holloway and Ken Nolan (“Black Hawk Down”). Director Michael Bay has not confirmed whether he will be returning to helm the creation of the movie, but he remains in contention to return to the franchise. The film is believed to take place on both Earth and outer space, as Optimus Prime attempts to hunt down the Quintessons, a bizarre and ancient race of merchant robots who have a reputation of being treacherous and deceiving. 

In addition, “Ant-Man” writers Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari will put together an animated origin film that will be set on the robots’ home world, Cybertron. 

Wahlberg’s return to the “Transformers” franchise has yet to be confirmed by Paramount. The release date of “Transformers 5” is also to be confirmed, but reports say it will come to theaters by summer of 2017.