MichaelBay.com has officially confirmed that Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is going to be the new female lead in Transformers 3. Bay and Huntington-Whiteley have previously worked together in the Victoria's Secret "A Thousand Fantasies" ad.

In a related story The Los Angeles Times talks about the production of Transformers 3. It has been shooting on a sound stage at the former Spruce Goose Howard Hughes hangar at Playa Vista. Exterior shots for the film will be shot throughout the Los Angeles area over the next several weeks. These include Long Beach, West Hollywood, Century City and Malibu.

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"Mike, [producer] Lorenzo di Bonaventura and I are all big fans of trying to keep as much of our production in L.A. as possible," stated Bay's producing partner, Ian Bryce. "It's a big movie. All our stage work is being done here."

Transformers 3 is set to shoot for six weeks with 4 1/2 months of shooting taking place in Los Angels. Other locations include Chicago, Detroit, Washington and Cape Canaveral, Fla., and a few foreign spots, including Russia and an undisclosed African country.