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'Transformers' sequel will use Chinese reality show for casting

April 18, 2013|By John Horn
  • Optimus Prime in "Transformers: Dark of the Moon."
Optimus Prime in "Transformers: Dark of the Moon." (Paramount Pictures )

Paramount Pictures will cast Chinese roles for its upcoming “Transformers 4” through a reality television show in the world’s most populous nation, the studio announced Thursday.

The sequel, set for release next summer and directed by Michael Bay, previously was announced as a coproduction between the American studio and China Movie Channel and Jiaflix Enterprises.

Known as “'Transformers 4' Chinese Actors Talent Search Reality Show,” the competition will select four actors for the film: two professionals and two amateurs.   

The competition is scheduled to start this June and will be judged by Jiaflix producer Sid Ganis, the former president of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences; Lorenzo DiBonaventura, the producer of the “Transformers” sequel; casting director Denise Chamian; and Paramount marketing and distribution executive Megan Colligan.

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