The Transformers franchise might not have started with Mark Wahlberg, and now it looks like it might not end with him either.
Wahlberg joined the Transformers films in the fourth installment, Transformers: Age of Extinction, and is returning for the fifth film, Transformers: The Last Knight. During an interview with MTV News, however, the actor revealed that future Transformers movies may not include him — unless director Michael Bay stays on board.
“If he doesn’t do it, I’m not doing it,” Wahlberg, who plays Cade Yeager, told MTV News in regards to how his future with the franchise is tied to Bay’s continued involvement. “I’ve been very clear about that.”
Bay, who is the mastermind behind all of the Transformers films, has said that although there is a sixth film in the works, he will be done after The Last Knight.
“Listen, Michael is the brains behind this operation. He’s been with it since its inception, and he continues to grow the franchise and expand it, so he’s going to do whatever he wants to do,” the Daddy’s Home actor explained.
Despite the fact that this is sad news, Wahlberg did point out that Bay has said he’s leaving the franchise in the past, only to reverse course.
“But the one thing I will say is that he’s said it was his last one a number of films ago,” Wahlberg added. “He’s so passionate about it. It’s his brainchild. So, he may come back.”
Only time will tell if Bay will sign on for the sixth Transformers film, and Wahlberg will follow suit, but for now let’s focus on the fifth movie, which hits theaters this week!
Transformers: The Last Knight premieres on June 21, 2017.