Mark Wahlberg is one of the most bankable stars in Hollywood, with numerous back-to-back hits in the past years. He was last seen teaming up with Spider-Man: Homecoming star Tom Hollands for Uncharted, which became a commercial success. The actor is best known for the role of Cade Yeager in the superhit franchise Transformers.
The actor has been part of two films of the franchise. His character retired from the series after the 2017 film. Wahlberg was overjoyed with his exemption from the franchise.
Mark Wahlberg quit the Transformers franchise in 2017
The Departed fame has been part of the Transformers series from the fourth installment, Transformers: Age of Extinction. He was playing a major role in the fifth part, Transformers: The Last Knight. However, after the movie, the actor was no longer associated with the project.
Wahlberg announced that he would not be part of the sequel to Transformers: The Last Knight. The film was the last part of the sci-fi franchise, directed by Michael Bay. Talking about the future of the action-adventure movie series on The Graham Norton Show, Mark Wahlberg shared about his exit from the franchise.
He had helped in reinventing and revive the franchise after the departure of original cast members Megan Fox and Shia LaBeouf. He was seen as the tough inventor, Cade Yeager for the sequel film. Planet of the Apes star shared,
“It’s the last one so I get my life back.”
Talking about the preparation for the role, he revealed about doing 5 months of dedicated hard work to get into his prime physical condition for the part. He added,
“The long hair is the worst thing ever. I look like my mum in the ’70s – it’s just really bad!”
Along with the actor, an essential part of the franchise also departed. The director of the film Michael Bay revealed that Transformers: The Last Knight was his last movie in the series.
About Mark Wahlberg’s Transformers: The Last Knight
Transformers: The Last Knight was a sci-fi action film based on Hasbro’s Transformers toy line. It was the franchise’s fifth installment, and the last was Transformers: Age of Extinction, released in 2014. The movie was directed by Michael Bay and taken from the screenplay by Art Marcum, Matt Holloway, and Ken Nolan. Mark Wahlberg reprised his role as lead for the film, and other actors like Josh Duhamel, John Turturro, and Glenn Morshower also reprised roles from the first three parts. The new faces in the movie included Laura Haddock, Isabela Moner, Jerrod Carmichael, Santiago Cabrera, and Anthony Hopkins.
The movie was released in 2017 and turned out to be a box-office failure. It was made with a budget of $260 million, and gross global collection was $605 million. A spin-off prequel of the franchise named Bumblebee was released at the end of 2018, which was received well by the audience.
With the failure of Transformers: The Last Knight at the box office, the exit of actor Mark Wahlberg seems like a sensible choice. He was later seen in Instant Family, Mile 22, All the Money in the World, and more. In 2022, Wahlberg was appreciated for his role in Uncharted.