Transformers 4 Adds Li Bingbing

The first of a few Chinese film stars has joined the cast of Transformers 4, with a report surfacing that Resident Evil: Retribution's Li Bingbing will appear in the Paramount Pictures sequel. More well-known Chinese names will soon follow.

Chinese film site m1905.com, via The Hollywood Reporter, broke the news about Bingbing. There's also a Chinese reality TV show being stage to determine which unknown actors who will join Transformers 4. The film is slated to begin shooting later in 2013 both in the United States and in China.

Transformers 4 will launch a new trilogy of Transformers movies, and director Michael Bay said previously that the film taking place place four years after the events of Transformers: Dark of the Moon will make sense in context. “The story makes a very natural transition, and reason as to why we have a whole new cast,” he said in January. “This Transformers will feel very different then the last three. We are embarking on a new trilogy.”

Directed by Bay, Transformers 4 stars Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor, Kelsey Grammer, Stanley Tucci and Sophia Myles. It is due in theaters on June 27, 2014.

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