Paramount Pictures is using a unique tactic to find Chinese actors for its upcoming sequel Transformers 4. The studio announced today that they are starting up a Chinese reality series entitled Transformers 4 Chinese Actor Talent Search.
Transformers 4 is using a reality show to cast Chinese actors
Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura and former Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences president Sid Ganis will serve as judges, alongside casting director Denise Chaiman and Paramount's marketing and distribution head Megan Colligan. Four winners will be chosen on the series, two with professional acting experience, and two without.
The series will debut in China sometime this June. Here's what Sid Ganis had to say about the show.
"(The series will) give actors and fans of the Transformers franchise the opportunity to be appearing in a major motion picture, and it will provide the world audience yet another glimpse of the Chinese people, the Chinese culture and China itself."
We reported earlier this month that Transformers 4 will be partially shot in China. Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz and Jack Reynor star in director Michael Bay's sequel.
Transformers: Age of Extinction comes to theaters June 27th, 2014 and stars Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor, Stanley Tucci, Kelsey Grammer, Sophia Myles, Bingbing Li, T.J. Miller. The film is directed by Michael Bay.