Transformers 4: Age of Extinction hits cinemas soon, and there is one major difference to the previous films in the franchise: Shia LaBeouf is gone, and Mark Wahlberg has taken over as the lead.
But is this the right decision, or should the [Transformers: Age of Extinction](movie:206531) have stuck with its young star?
Well, perhaps the best way of analyzing who is the better choice to team up with Optimus Prime and co, is to think of 5 things Mark Wahlberg will bring to the movie, and then consider whether LaBeouf could have done the same:
1. A Serious Tone
Transformers, a movie based on a line of toys that sees, in this movie, robots fighting other robots which resemble dinosaurs, probably needs a serious tone above all else.
If the main actor seems to be inwardly laughing at the ridiculousness of what he has to do, the audience won't buy it either. And Mark Wahlberg is the perfect guy to pull this off.
Just look at him in this trailer. He's a bit broke, fixing cars, it could be ANY Mark Wahlberg movie. That takes some doing:
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2. He's funny without trying
And don't think that his seriousness means he can't be funny. His most high profile movie before this was Ted, after all. And that is only one in a long line of comedy Mark Walhberg moments:
3. He can act
While Shia LaBeouf has been off trying to convince people that he can be a 'serious actor' by appearing in European art-house movies like Lars Von Trier's [Nymphomaniac: Volume I](movie:214201), Mark Wahlberg has a whole career of great performances behind him.
With movies like Boogie Nights, Perfect Storm and The Departed on his C.V. (also watch out for the upcoming [The Gambler](movie:581011) remake) Wahlberg has proven himself time and time again.
4. He's not pretentious
This is one area where Wahlberg definitely has the edge on LaBeouf, as the younger actor seems over the last year to be going through a particularly public phase of intellectual posing.
From imitating European soccer players, wearing paper bags on his head and plagiarizing other people's work, LaBeouf seems to desperately want to be taken seriously as an artist.
Wahlberg, on the other hand, just gets on with it.
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5. Everyone has almost forgotten he was a rapper
How can you be against a guy who made this?
So who do you think is the better choice for the upcoming Transformers 4: Age of Extinction? Write in with your own choice, and your own 5 reasons, below!