Megan Fox will not be reprising her role as Mikaela Banes in Michael Bay’s soon-to-start-shooting Transformers 3. Deadline reports that Bay and screenwriter Ehren Kruger will instead introduce a new love-interest for Shai LaBeouf’s character .
That decision will surely please the franchise’s 13-year-old fan base who have been clamoring for Bay to provide a beautiful and meaningful love story.
While this development is a major disappointment to those of us who watched Transformers with a box of tissues and a jug of KY personal lubricant, it comes as no surprise.
Fox, who was described by the Transformers 2 crew as a “thankless, unfriendly bitch,” compared Bay to Adolf Hitler in an interview with Wonderland magazine and referred to Transformers as nonsensical on the “CBS Early Show” while doing a promo tour for Jennifer’s Body last year.
The duo seemed to have worked out their issues late last year when Bay welcomed Fox back to the fold with the following tongue-in-cheek post on his website:
P.S. Megan Fox, welcome back. I promise no alien robots will harm you in any way during the production of this motion picture. Please consult your Physician when working under my direction because some side effects can occur, such as mild dizziness, intense nausea, suicidal tendencies, depression, minor chest hair growth, random internal hemorrhaging and inability to sleep. As some directors may be hazardous to your health, please consult your Doctor to determine if this is right for you.
Of course, there could be more than meets the eye to the story. Fox told People magazine that she quit the franchise. In her most recent interview with Allure magazine, Fox says:
I had been tanning a lot so that Michael would be happy with my skin tone. Every spare moment of sun that was outside, I had to be in it. It’s not going to happen again because of the damage and the possible skin cancer.
Personally, I’m disturbed by the blatant sexism at work here. Shia LaBeouf talked shit about Transfromers 2, yet still appears as Optimus Prime’s BFF. What gives?
There’s only one way to make this injustice right: Hire Gemma Atkinson and her 34-E’s to replace Fox.
Actresses rumored to be up for the part include Zoe Saldana (Avatar), Gemma Arterton (Clash of the Titans), Amber Heard (The Stepfather), Hayden Panetierre (”Heroes”), and Ashley Green (The Twilight Saga).
Transformers 3 goes into production this month. It arrives in theaters July 1, 2011.