Mark Wahlberg, Michael Bay to exit franchise after 'The Last Knight'

Mark Wahlberg, Michael Bay to exit franchise after 'The Last Knight'

The film stars Mark Wahlberg and Stanley Tucci reprising their roles from Transformers: Age of Extinction, with Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson and John Turturro reprising roles from the first three Transformers movies. He let this news about The Last Knight slip during his appearance on The Graham Norton Show (via Digital Spy), seemingly confirming that this is the end of the line for his time in the franchise - telling Graham Norton, "It's the last one so I get my life back!". "They take a lot out of you", Bay was quoted by Fandango as saying. Bay is set to be the producer for Bumblebee (spin-off) and a possible seventh Transformers movie, but only time will tell.

With Transformers: The Last Knight set to open this coming week, director Michael Bay has once again reiterated that he won't be returning for the sixth instalment of the series, which has already been given a 2019 release date by Hasbro and Paramount Pictures. "They're still out at cafes, you know, and going to places and doing things - it's pretty remarkable here, the strength and resilience here that they show".

"In cinema, I'm always trying to push the boundaries", he says, in the 2-minute video, "and it's really to give you the very best experience". The film hits theaters on June 21st, 2017.

The guy's only 52, so there's a lot of tread left in those tires, and inevitably some fan will start a campaign to have Bay direct a Marvel movie or a Star Wars movie. The key to saving our future lies buried in the secrets of the past, in the hidden history of Transformers on Earth. Now, it's up to the unlikely alliance of Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg), Bumblebee, an English lord (Anthony Hopkins) and an Oxford professor (Laura Haddock) to save the world.

When it comes to word association, Michael Bay and Transformers go together like peanut butter and jelly.

The Last Knight isn't just Wahlberg's final (planned) go-around with the blockbuster franchise. Heroes will become villains.