Michael Bay and Paramount Pictures jointly announced today that Chinese entertainer Han Geng has been cast in Transformers 4. Among Asia's top stars, Han Geng has conquered the worlds of music, television and feature film to become one of the most influential entertainers in China.
He joins Mark Wahlberg, Stanley Tucci, Kelsey Grammer, Jack Reynor, Nicola Peltz, Sophia Myles, T.J. Miller and Chinese actress Bingbing Li in the fourth installment in the hit series of movies based on the best-selling Hasbro toyline. Paramount Pictures will release the film on June 27th, 2014.
Here's what Michael Bay had to say in a brief statement.
"Han Geng has been a sensation in China and we are happy to have him in our movie."
Making his debut in 2005 as a member of the hugely popular group Super Junior, Han Geng later turned to a solo career, releasing his first album "Geng Xin" in 2010, which went on to sell over a million copies. His most recent album "Hope in the Darkness" was released in 2012 and has earned Han Geng a number of hit singles.
Han Geng has appeared on both the big and small screen, with roles that have shown his range as an actor. In 2008, Han Geng appeared in CCTV's Stage of Youth, a 12-episode drama that drew incredible ratings. Among his big screen roles, he had a cameo appearance in the 2010 feature film The Founding Party, along with other A-list Chinese celebrities and later that year had his first starring role on the silver screen in the action movie My Kingdom. The multi-hyphen entertainer has subsequently starred in the films Beginning of the Great Revival and The First President. His most recent starring role was in So Young, a major box office hit in China, having earned more the $115 million (over 700 million yuan) since its release in May of 2013.
Han Geng has extraordinary popularity on the internet in China. When his albums or films are released his name and movies typically top the charts as the "most searched" and accumulate the most hits. Transformers 4 marks Han Geng's debut in an English language production.
Paramount, China Movie Channel and Jiaflix Enterprises announced this past April a Cooperation Agreement regarding the production of Transformers 4 in China. Under the agreement, China Movie Channel, under the State Administration of Press, Publications, Radio, Film and Television (SAPPRT), will cooperate with Paramount in broad-based support of the production of the film in China.
Transformers 4 is expected to be released in China on or about June 27, 2014. The parties are working in cooperation on a number of other areas related to Transformers 4, including the selection of filming sites within China, and theatrical promotion. This agreement represents the first time that China Movie Channel will work with a western studio in the production of a major motion picture.
Shooting in multiple locations in the U.S. and China throughout the summer, the film is directed by Bay and re-unites the filmmaking team from the hit franchise, including producers Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Don Murphy & Tom DeSanto and Ian Bryce; and executive producers Steven Spielberg, Bay, Brian Goldner and Mark Vahradian. Transformers 4 is written by Ehren Kruger, based on Hasbro's Transformers Action Figures.
The third, and most recent installment of the franchise, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, is the fifth highest global grossing film of all time with $1.124 billion dollars of worldwide box office success. The Transformers movies are among the most popular films ever released in China, and Michael Bay is among the most popular directors with Chinese audiences. Transformers: Dark of the Moon, released theatrically in 2011, grossed $165 million in China and more than $1.1 billion worldwide.