Michael Bay’s Transformers 4 will destroy several iconic Chinese landmarks.
A significant portion of the upcoming sequel is being filmed in China thanks to a co-financing deal with a handful of production companies. Moviegoers can expect to see several popular landmarks completely destroyed over the course of the cinematic adventure.
According to Coming Soon, Michael Bay recently entered into an agreement with Chinese hotel company Beijing Pangu. The popular Pangu Plaza will be featured in the upcoming sequel in exchange for a little cash. It will also be blown to smithereens on the big screen.
China.org.cn reports the Pangu Plaza isn’t the only landmark Michael Bay wants to destroy. The director also wants to feature both the National Stadium and the Beijing National Aquatic Center in Transformers 4. The website states the movie’s giant robots will be fighting in, around, and on top of these structures.
The agreement was recently made at this year’s Shanghai International Film Festival. Paramount Pictures, Jiaflix Enterprises, and Beijing Pangu Investment representatives were reportedly on-hand to announce the arrangement. Michael Bay will begin shooting scenes in China at some point this October.
In addition to blowing up a few of the country’s landmarks, Bay and company are also in the market for a handful of Chinese actors. An online contest is currently underway to find a few extras. According to the Los Angeles Times, the roles currently up for grabs include “tech geek,” “sexy goddess,” “cute girl,” and “action guy.”
As China’s film market continues to grow, Hollywood studios are making sure their movies make it into theaters by offering the country exclusive content. Shane Black’s Iron Man 3 had footage not found in the domestic release, though reports suggest fans of the flick really weren’t missing too much.
Transformers 4 is currently slated to hit theaters on June 27, 2014. The film stars Mark Wahlberg, Jack Reynor, Nicola Peltz, Stanley Tucci, Kelsey Grammer, Sophia Myles, Li Bingbing, and T.J. Miller.
Are you looking forward to Michael Bay’s Transformers 4? What do you think about Michael Bay blowing up some of China’s landmarks in the upcoming flick?