Sophia Myles has signed on for a major supporting role in the big-budget Transformers 4, reports from Hollywood said Monday.
Director Michael Bay reportedly tapped the British actress for a yet-to-be-announced role in the latest iteration of the high-grossing Transformers series. Mark Wahlberg has already signed on that also includes some up-and-coming Hollywood stars in Nicola Pelt and Jack Reynor.
Kelsey Grammar has also signed on to play the human antagonist. Bay has gained a reputation for throwing in some more established stars for the Transformers films. Hugo Weaving was Megatron, and Leonard Nimoy has twice played villains in the films.
The film has also attracted Stanley Tucci and John Duhamel, but there’s one person who turned down a chance at the successful franchise. Michael Bay reportedly wanted Dwayne Johnson to appear (the pair just worked together in Pain and Gain), but Johnson was already committed to Hercules.
While there are few details about her relation to the plot, TheWrap reported that Sophia Myles will play a scientist.
Michael Bay said fans of the Transformers series will get to see some new twists in his fourth crack at the franchise:
“You know there are a couple of historians of Transformers. I would do my designs of the robots and they’re like, ‘What if you just add a little bit more ears to Optimus?’ But they’re really hands off. We’ve redesigned them in Transformers 4, and there’s some really cool s-t in it. I’m literally redesigning every character, top to bottom. There’s a reason why they’re redesigned, but it’s also to keep it new and fresh to me. I think the fans will appreciate some of this new stuff we have in the movie and some of the new characters.”
Sophia Myles appeared in the 2006 romance movie Tristan + Isolde, appearing alongside James Franco. She has also appeared in two Underworld movies and the films Art School Confidential and From Hell.