Michael Bay has just provided an update for the soon-to-be-filming Transformers 3 on his official site and inside the update he not only mentions filming locations and expectations to begin shooting in about a month, but also that John Malkovich, Frances McDormand and Ken Jeong have been added to the cast.
Here is the complete update:
Hey, it’s been a long time since I’ve posted. Just been a little busy.
Transformers 3 has been going very well. We are going to shoot in LA, Chicago, Washington DC, Florida, Texas, Africa, Moscow, and China. On the talent front, we just locked in Frances McDormand and John Malkovich. Both amazing actors I’ve always wanted to work with. We also just got Ken Jeong, he is the super funny actor stuck in the trunk from Hangover and the Doctor from Knocked Up.
We start shooting pre-shoots in about one month.
I also was at a Ferrari charity event this week raising money for a hospital being built by Ferrari in Haiti. I announced that night the newest Autobot to join Transformers: the Ferrari 458 Italia.
I also want to thank everyone on this site that donated to the Make -A-Wish charity. We raised $20,000 which I will personally be matching. This is a great charity where they make wishes come true for kids who are very ill. We have had many Kids from Make-A-Wish visit us on our Transformers sets and this time we will be posting video of their visits on Transformers 3.
I would love to be a fly on the wall when McDormand tells her husband, Joel Coen, she is taking a role in Transformers 3. The idea of such talent taking on a role in a film franchise so obviously not interested in acting as much spectacle just seems funny to me. Malkovich on the other hand seems to have been trending in this direction for quite a while now, and oddly enough, starred with McDormand in Burn After Reading for the Coens. Go figure.
Transformers 3 is set for a July 1, 2011 release.