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“He is an Irish kid that came to America with 30 bucks in his pocket,” the director wrote today on his website. “Pretty ballsy. Seriously who does that? Anyway I spotted him in a great little Irish movie What Richard Did. This kid is the real deal.”
Presumably the 20-year-old actor is playing the race car-driving boyfriend of the daughter of Wahlberg’s character. Bay began testing in November for the movie’s young male and female leads; Reynor was on the rumored shortlist alongside such actors as Luke Grimes (Brothers & Sisters), Landon Liboiron (Terra Nova), Brenton Thwaites (Blue Lagoon: The Awakening) and Hunter Parrish (Weeds).
The director used the casting announcement as an opportunity to reaffirm that the fourth film isn’t a reboot of the Paramount Pictures franchise. “That word has been floating around on the net,” he wrote. “This movie takes place exactly 4 years after the war in Chicago. The story makes a very natural transition, and reason as to why we have a whole new cast. This Transformers will feel very different then the last three. We are embarking on a new trilogy.”
Transformers 4 opens June 27, 2014.