Following Sony’s decision to cancel Spider-Man 4 John Malkovich, who would have played The Vulture, suddenly found himself with a few months free in the summer. Although it appears Sam Raimi’s loss is Michael Bay’s gain, as Malkovich has just signed up to play Shia LaBeouf’s boss in Transformers 3.
Also joining the cast is Oscar winning actress Frances McDormand, who will play the National Intelligence Director. The only actor who doesn’t seem to be doing it for the paycheck is Ken Jeong (the funny naked guy who got locked in the back of the car in The Hangover).
Michael Bay announced the casting on his official blog, and he also gave us an update on filming, the locations, and new vehicles:
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. 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.
Nothing is known about the plot of Transformers 3, although we do know it will be released on July 1st 2011.