Dwayne Johnson Turned Down ‘Transformers 4’

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson recently revealed that he turned down Michael Bay’s offer to star in Transformers 4.

Studios used the Pain and Gain star to reinvigorate a number of franchises that have started to slip at the box office. Although Bay originally offered the lead role to Johnson, the actor said he was forced to turn it down due to his participation in Hercules.

Dwayne Johnson recently discussed the rumor with one of his Twitter followers. When Nadya Denisova asked if there was any truth to these Transformer 4 reports, The Rock revealed that Michael Bay had offered him a part in the upcoming sequel.

Johnson and Bay recently teamed up for the crime caper Pain and Gain. Since the two apparently enjoyed working together, the director reportedly offered him a role in the film. After Johnson turned it down, Bay slid the offer to co-star Mark Wahlberg.

The wrestling icon is tackling the lead role in Rush Hour director Brett Ratner’s big-budget action flick Hercules. The movie, which is based on the graphic novel Hercules: The Thracian Wars, will drop the supernatural elements in favor of a more realistic story.

If you’re disappointed that Dwayne Johnson won’t be signing on for Transformers 4, then you’ll be happy to know that the busy actor has a plethora of other projects in the works. In addition to Hercules, he is slated to star in his very own Fast and Furious spin-off.

Internet Movie Database has Johnson listed as starring in Brad Peyton’s Journey 3: From the Earth to the Moon. The website also lists Hunger Games star Josh Hutcherson as being involved with the project.

Are you a fan of Dwayne Johnson? What do you think about the busy actor turning down the lead role in Michael Bay’s Transformers 4?