The Paramount movie is one of four studio projects that are coincidentally coming together at the same time. Director Michael Bay is set to begin testing actors to play the young male and female leads in Transformers 4 under star Mark Wahlberg. The Paramount movie is one of four studio projects that are coincidentally coming together at the same time. As a result, agents and managers are salivating at the prospect that some of Hollywood’s next big stars are about to be cast. Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that Transformers 4 has a story that centers on Wahlberg’s character and his daughter. In addition, the daughter’s boyfriend, a race car driver, is the third lead in the film.

Testing for the daughter and boyfriend roles is set for this week. Among those vying for the female role are Isabelle Cornish, sister of Australian actress Abbie Cornish (Limitless); Nicola Peltz, who appeared in M. Night Shyamalan’s Paramount movie The Last Airbender and has a part in A&E’s Bates Motel; Margaret Quallay, the daughter of actress Andie MacDowell; and Gabriella Wilde, who is in the new Carrie movie.

There are five young men testing: Luke Grimes, who appeared on ABC’s Brothers & Sisters and is in Taken 2; Landon Liboiron, who co-starred on Fox’s Terra Nova and will be seen in the upcoming Netflix series Hemlock Grove; Australian Brenton Thwaites, who starred in the telefilm Blue Lagoon: The Awakening; relative newcomer Jack Reynor; and Weeds co-star Hunter Parrish.

Sources say Paramount is signing actors to strict three-picture deals, but no one is balking because the chance to be the next Shia LaBeouf is seen as a huge opportunity.

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