With production scheduled to start next month in Detroit, the cast of Paramount's Transformers 5 is starting to come together. Jerrod Carmichael, who created and stars in NBC's hit sitcom The Carmichael Show, has signed on for an unspecified role in director Michael Bay's action-packed sequel. No details have been given regarding his role at this time.
The comedian joins Mark Wahlberg, reprising his role as Cade Yeager from 2014's Transformers: Age of Extinction, alongside newcomer Isabela Moner. According to The Wrap, the actress will play the female lead of Izabela, a young girl whose only friend is said to be a small Transformer, until she meets Cade Yeager. Izabela is described as a "street tough" orphan who was raised within the foster care system. No other cast members have come aboard at this time, and it isn't known how many roles the production still needs to fill.
It also isn't known yet if Nicola Peltz (Tessa Yeager) and Jack Reynor (Shane Dyson) will be reprising their roles in the sequel. The story is set in the aftermath of 2014's Transformers: Age of Extinction, with Optimus Prime heading into space to find the The Quintessons, creators of the Transformers race. A recent profile on director Michael Bay teased "an underwater rendering of a crash-landed alien spaceship," along with a "new dump-truck Transformer with a cloak."
Michael Bay is directing from a script by Ken Nolan and the writing team of Art Marcum & Matt Holloway. All three scribes were part of the Transformers "writers room" that came together last summer to craft ideas for sequels and spinoffs. Akiva Goldsman, who lead the writers room, was originally scheduled to write Transformers 5 himself. He was later brought on to oversee new writers rooms for G.I. Joe 3 and Micronauts, making him unavailable to write Transformers 5.
Jerrod Carmichael made his feature film debut in the 2014 comedy blockbuster Neighbors, portraying Garf, a role which he will reprise in this summer's sequel Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising. He also stars in the indie comedy The Meddler, alongside Rose Byrne, Lucy Punch and Susan Sarandon, and in James Franco's latest directorial effort, The Masterpiece, which is based on the making of The Room. Stay tuned for more casting updates on Transformers 5 as we get closer to production starting next month.