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MICHAEL BAY AND PARAMOUNT PICTURES ANNOUNCE THE CASTING OF CHINESE ACTRESS LI BINGBING IN THE EAGERLY AWAITED 'TRANSFORMERS 4'

Michael Bay and Paramount Pictures announce casting of Chinese actress Li Bingbing in Transformers 4

HOLLYWOOD, CA (May 20, 2013) - Michael Bay and Paramount Pictures jointly
announced today that Chinese actress Li Bingbing ("RESIDENT EVIL: RETRIBUTION") has been cast in the eagerly awaited "TRANSFORMERS 4." The actress joins Mark Wahlberg, Stanley Tucci, Kelsey Grammer, Jack Reynor, Nicola Peltz and Sophia Myles in the fourth installment in the hit series of movies based on the best-selling Hasbro toyline. Paramount Pictures will release the film on June 27th, 2014.

"I am excited to have Li Bingbing join our cast and to be shooting portions of the movie in her native China. I have always aspired to work with the best actors and this cast is especially exciting now with the addition of Li," said Michael Bay.

Li's recent hits in China include the Tsui Hark-directed "DETECTIVE DEE AND THE MYSTERY OF THE PHANTOM FLAME" and "1911." She has already begun to cross over into American films, most recently co-starring in the Paul W.S. Anderson-directed "RESIDENT EVIL: RETRIBUTION," and before that "SNOW FLOWER AND THE SECRET FAN" and "FORBIDDEN KINGDOM." She was recently named Variety's "Asian Star of the Year" which was celebrated in Los Angeles last month.
"I am thrilled to get to work with Michael Bay. 'TRANSFORMERS' has influenced generations in China and the movie franchise has a massive fan base. I am very happy to be able to join this international production. Thank you Paramount for the invitation! Looking forward to it!" said Li Bingbing.

Paramount, China Movie Channel and Jiaflix Enterprises announced this past April a Cooperation Agreement regarding the production of "TRANSFORMERS 4" in China. Under the agreement, China Movie Channel, under the State Administration of Radio Film and Television (SARFT), will cooperate with Paramount in broad-based support of the production of the film in China. "TRANSFORMERS 4" is expected to be released in China on or about June 27, 2014. The parties also intend to cooperate in a number of other areas related to "TRANSFORMERS 4," including the selection of filming sites within China, theatrical promotion, and possible post-production activities in China as well as casting of Chinese actors and actresses in the film.

This agreement represents the first time that China Movie Channel will work with a western studio in the production of a major motion picture.

"We are delighted to see Ms. Li Bingbing being selected for a major role in 'TRANSFORMERS 4,' a very successful global film franchise," said Yan Xiaoming, Chairman of China Movie Channel. "Ms. Li is an excellent and famous Chinese actress with many fans in China. She has had many successful projects with China Movie Channel and M1905.com in the past. We wish her every success in 'TRANSFORMERS 4' and with the worldwide audience that will enjoy her great talent."

Said Sid Ganis, Chairman of Jiaflix, "Li Bingbing is an enormously talented Chinese artist who is fast becoming a worldwide movie star and is a great addition to a stellar cast."

Shooting this summer in multiple locations in the U.S. and China, the film is directed by Bay and re-unites the filmmaking team from the hit franchise, including producers Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Don Murphy & Tom DeSanto and Ian Bryce; and executive producers Steven Spielberg, Bay, Brian Goldner and Mark Vahradian. "TRANSFORMERS 4" is written by Ehren Kruger, based on Hasbro's Transformers Action Figures.

The third, and most recent installment of the franchise, "TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON," is the fifth highest global grossing film of all time with $1.124 billion dollars of worldwide box office success. The "TRANSFORMERS" movies are among the most popular films ever released in China, and Michael Bay is among the most popular directors with Chinese audiences. "TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON," released theatrically in 2011, grossed $165 million in China and more than $1.1 billion worldwide.

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About Paramount Pictures Corporation:

Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment, is a unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), a leading content company with prominent and respected film, television and digital entertainment brands. Paramount controls a collection of some of the most powerful brands in filmed entertainment, including Paramount Pictures, Paramount Animation, Paramount Vantage, Paramount Classics, Insurge Pictures, MTV Films, and Nickelodeon Movies. PPC operations also include Paramount Home Media Distribution, Paramount Pictures International, Paramount Licensing Inc., and Paramount Studio Group.
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Re: Michael Bay and Paramount Pictures announce casting of Chinese actress Li Bingbing in Transformers 4 (1488944)
Posted by Janus Prime on May 20th, 2013 @ 12:25pm CDT
Li Bingbing is an actual person? I thought it was a racial slur!
Re: Michael Bay and Paramount Pictures announce casting of Chinese actress Li Bingbing in Transformers 4 (1488945)
Posted by Metrosuplex on May 20th, 2013 @ 12:28pm CDT
It's interesting to see TF4 feature China in a big way (and understandable). I wonder if we'll see some Chinese scenes with English subtitles? I'd actually be for that - I mean, imagine if Bay had some Chinese consultation in his movies! I'm willing to say that the parts shot in China, with the help of non-Bay people, will be the better parts of the movie. Well, I say that because I can't imagine any masturbation jokes involving this actress and her parents. :roll:

I guess I'm really curious to see how China envisions the TF brand as compared to here, and I hope we get some of that perspective in the new movie.
Re: Michael Bay and Paramount Pictures announce casting of Chinese actress Li Bingbing in Transformers 4 (1488958)
Posted by RiddlerJ on May 20th, 2013 @ 1:01pm CDT
Circuit Breaker!

just kidding :grin:
Re: Michael Bay and Paramount Pictures announce casting of Chinese actress Li Bingbing in Transformers 4 (1488962)
Posted by ILL-Star on May 20th, 2013 @ 1:24pm CDT
Oh now the cast is especially exciting. I'm sure she'll make all the difference for this movie. :roll: What a load of crap :lol: But I could be wrong.
Re: Michael Bay and Paramount Pictures announce casting of Chinese actress Li Bingbing in Transformers 4 (1488966)
Posted by Delta Magnus on May 20th, 2013 @ 1:31pm CDT
She has a very, very funny name. :lol:

Still, I'm game. All the other Transformers films have been great, and she's got to be better than Rosie Huntington-Shitely (although she's still no match for Megan)...
Re: Michael Bay and Paramount Pictures announce casting of Chinese actress Li Bingbing in Transformers 4 (1488968)
Posted by Sabrblade on May 20th, 2013 @ 1:34pm CDT
She was also in the Jackie Chan/Jet Li action flick "The Forbidden Kingdom".

Delta Magnus wrote:Still, I'm game. All the other Transformers films have been great, and she's got to be better than Rosie Huntington-Shitely (although she's still no match for Megan)...
Considering how she's 40, I don't think she'll be filling in for their role. ;)
Re: Michael Bay and Paramount Pictures announce casting of Chinese actress Li Bingbing in Transformers 4 (1488974)
Posted by Seibertron on May 20th, 2013 @ 1:56pm CDT
MICHAEL BAY AND PARAMOUNT PICTURES ANNOUNCE THE CASTING OF CHINESE ACTRESS LI BINGBING IN THE EAGERLY AWAITED 'TRANSFORMERS 4'

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HOLLYWOOD, CA (May 20, 2013) - Michael Bay and Paramount Pictures jointly
announced today that Chinese actress Li Bingbing ("RESIDENT EVIL: RETRIBUTION") has been cast in the eagerly awaited "TRANSFORMERS 4." The actress joins Mark Wahlberg, Stanley Tucci, Kelsey Grammer, Jack Reynor, Nicola Peltz and Sophia Myles in the fourth installment in the hit series of movies based on the best-selling Hasbro toyline. Paramount Pictures will release the film on June 27th, 2014.

"I am excited to have Li Bingbing join our cast and to be shooting portions of the movie in her native China. I have always aspired to work with the best actors and this cast is especially exciting now with the addition of Li," said Michael Bay.

Li's recent hits in China include the Tsui Hark-directed "DETECTIVE DEE AND THE MYSTERY OF THE PHANTOM FLAME" and "1911." She has already begun to cross over into American films, most recently co-starring in the Paul W.S. Anderson-directed "RESIDENT EVIL: RETRIBUTION," and before that "SNOW FLOWER AND THE SECRET FAN" and "FORBIDDEN KINGDOM." She was recently named Variety's "Asian Star of the Year" which was celebrated in Los Angeles last month.
"I am thrilled to get to work with Michael Bay. 'TRANSFORMERS' has influenced generations in China and the movie franchise has a massive fan base. I am very happy to be able to join this international production. Thank you Paramount for the invitation! Looking forward to it!" said Li Bingbing.

Paramount, China Movie Channel and Jiaflix Enterprises announced this past April a Cooperation Agreement regarding the production of "TRANSFORMERS 4" in China. Under the agreement, China Movie Channel, under the State Administration of Radio Film and Television (SARFT), will cooperate with Paramount in broad-based support of the production of the film in China. "TRANSFORMERS 4" is expected to be released in China on or about June 27, 2014. The parties also intend to cooperate in a number of other areas related to "TRANSFORMERS 4," including the selection of filming sites within China, theatrical promotion, and possible post-production activities in China as well as casting of Chinese actors and actresses in the film.

This agreement represents the first time that China Movie Channel will work with a western studio in the production of a major motion picture.

"We are delighted to see Ms. Li Bingbing being selected for a major role in 'TRANSFORMERS 4,' a very successful global film franchise," said Yan Xiaoming, Chairman of China Movie Channel. "Ms. Li is an excellent and famous Chinese actress with many fans in China. She has had many successful projects with China Movie Channel and M1905.com in the past. We wish her every success in 'TRANSFORMERS 4' and with the worldwide audience that will enjoy her great talent."

Said Sid Ganis, Chairman of Jiaflix, "Li Bingbing is an enormously talented Chinese artist who is fast becoming a worldwide movie star and is a great addition to a stellar cast."

Shooting this summer in multiple locations in the U.S. and China, the film is directed by Bay and re-unites the filmmaking team from the hit franchise, including producers Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Don Murphy & Tom DeSanto and Ian Bryce; and executive producers Steven Spielberg, Bay, Brian Goldner and Mark Vahradian. "TRANSFORMERS 4" is written by Ehren Kruger, based on Hasbro's Transformers Action Figures.

The third, and most recent installment of the franchise, "TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON," is the fifth highest global grossing film of all time with $1.124 billion dollars of worldwide box office success. The "TRANSFORMERS" movies are among the most popular films ever released in China, and Michael Bay is among the most popular directors with Chinese audiences. "TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON," released theatrically in 2011, grossed $165 million in China and more than $1.1 billion worldwide.

# # #
About Paramount Pictures Corporation:

Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment, is a unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), a leading content company with prominent and respected film, television and digital entertainment brands. Paramount controls a collection of some of the most powerful brands in filmed entertainment, including Paramount Pictures, Paramount Animation, Paramount Vantage, Paramount Classics, Insurge Pictures, MTV Films, and Nickelodeon Movies. PPC operations also include Paramount Home Media Distribution, Paramount Pictures International, Paramount Licensing Inc., and Paramount Studio Group.
Re: Michael Bay and Paramount Pictures announce casting of Chinese actress Li Bingbing in Transformers 4 (1489018)
Posted by DEMEXICONZ on May 20th, 2013 @ 6:16pm CDT
I had to clean gatorade that i spit on my phone when i saw her name :lol: never heard of her witch is weird because that name.
Re: Michael Bay and Paramount Pictures announce casting of Chinese actress Li Bingbing in Transformers 4 (1489021)
Posted by Sabrblade on May 20th, 2013 @ 6:36pm CDT
DEMEXICONZ wrote:I had to clean gatorade that i spit on my phone when i saw her name :lol: never heard of her witch is weird because that name.
She's a Chinese cinema actress.
Re: Michael Bay and Paramount Pictures announce casting of Chinese actress Li Bingbing in Transformers 4 (1489024)
Posted by Rated X on May 20th, 2013 @ 6:40pm CDT
Screw the name !!! Am I the first one on the board who's going to comment on how FINE this chick is ???? :BANG_HEAD:

But for the record, I've never heard of her before...
Re: Michael Bay and Paramount Pictures announce casting of Chinese actress Li Bingbing in Transformers 4 (1489030)
Posted by SKYWARPED_128 on May 20th, 2013 @ 7:24pm CDT
I remember her from the latest RE flick. FYI, Mainland Chinese parents (meaning those born and raised in China proper, not Hong Kong, Taiwan or overseas) have a penchant for naming their daughters using two of the same characters (i.e. Bingbing, Lili, Meimei etc.) because they think it's cute.

In this case, Bingbing literally means "icy."

And now you know why many non-Caucasians tend to adopt "western" names when living in overseas.

On the other hand, Primus be with you if you're a Chad or Richard living in Hong Kong.
Re: Michael Bay and Paramount Pictures announce casting of Chinese actress Li Bingbing in Transformers 4 (1489047)
Posted by Transformado on May 20th, 2013 @ 9:41pm CDT
I'm sure she will do a great job; I cannot wait to see her performing. I'm glad she was chosen for the job, she has done a great job in some of her previous roles. This movie is sure to make a lot of money and sure to generate big profits in Asia, especially in China – give the fans what they want and more. :APPLAUSE:
Re: Michael Bay and Paramount Pictures announce casting of Chinese actress Li Bingbing in Transformers 4 (1489051)
Posted by First-Aid on May 20th, 2013 @ 10:02pm CDT
Rated X wrote:Screw the name !!! Am I the first one on the board who's going to comment on how FINE this chick is ???? :BANG_HEAD:


No kidding...I would have expected more from the fanboys. This woman is GORGEOUS! She's seriously 40? I wouldn't have put her beyond 25...homminahomminahomminahommina... :shock:
Re: Michael Bay and Paramount Pictures announce casting of Chinese actress Li Bingbing in Transformers 4 (1489068)
Posted by Metrosuplex on May 21st, 2013 @ 1:11am CDT
Janus Prime wrote:Li Bingbing is an actual person? I thought it was a racial slur!


Are you being ironic or just politically correct? Seriously, all the immature jokes about her name are a little racist (at worst) and/or ignorant (at best).

The bigger topic here is how hiring more Chinese actors will present this movie as more Chinese than the previous three - which is interesting from a funding point-of-view. TF5 could get more Chinese funding as a result of TF4, which would mean more Chinese actors and locations shot in China...

No one has any opinion on that?

And yeah, I can't believe she's 40 from those shots above... but then again, I wouldn't consider her to be the hottest actress either. (Not that we should really be rating women on this site, though, right? :oops: )
Re: Michael Bay and Paramount Pictures announce casting of Chinese actress Li Bingbing in Transformers 4 (1489073)
Posted by mooncake623 on May 21st, 2013 @ 1:44am CDT
What's wrong with her name? A name's a name whats there to make fun of?

I've watched a lot of her stuff and shes great. she'll do a great job in this movie.
Re: Michael Bay and Paramount Pictures announce casting of Chinese actress Li Bingbing in Transformers 4 (1489074)
Posted by Seibertron on May 21st, 2013 @ 1:50am CDT
mooncake623 wrote:What's wrong with her name? A name's a name whats there to make fun of?

I've watched a lot of her stuff and shes great. she'll do a great job in this movie.


I agree with mooncake623. With the last name of "Yzquierdo", I've heard it all over the years. A name's a name. Let her do her thing and show us why Michael Bay thought she was right for this film. No need to make fun of her name.
Re: Michael Bay and Paramount Pictures announce casting of Chinese actress Li Bingbing in Transformers 4 (1489076)
Posted by noctorro on May 21st, 2013 @ 1:52am CDT
Chinafying the Transformers brand.

Anyway the lady looks pretty good. Still haven't seen the last Resident Evil movie but will eventually.

The real roles will be announced lateron, since they would be voice actors.
Re: Michael Bay and Paramount Pictures announce casting of Chinese actress Li Bingbing in Transformers 4 (1489105)
Posted by RiddlerJ on May 21st, 2013 @ 8:09am CDT
Alright, I'll go see Transformers 4.

and Li Bingbing with her deep soulful eyes. :x

Sorry, drifted away there for a second.
Re: Michael Bay and Paramount Pictures announce casting of Chinese actress Li Bingbing in Transformers 4 (1489114)
Posted by VioMeTriX on May 21st, 2013 @ 8:53am CDT
yes she is beautiful and all.... but i wanted a transformers movie... not another movie with a bunch of sissy people running around and a few robots.... this movie should take place on cybertron, or somewhere else... i want transformers, not damn people. and if bumblebee still cant talk ill walk out!!! he got ripped in half in trasnformers and repaired, yet they cant fix his voice? Bullshit!!! it doesnt even have anything to do with the story to justify his lack of a voice.
Re: Michael Bay and Paramount Pictures announce casting of Chinese actress Li Bingbing in Transformers 4 (1489121)
Posted by RiddlerJ on May 21st, 2013 @ 9:14am CDT
I don't mind humans in a Transformers movie. I understand that these are live action films, and if they wanted to only do the robots they might as well just do an animated movie.

My only qualm is when they have humans that have no reason to be in the story, to the point that we actually have to leave Transformer related plots to focus on them. The last two sequels should've focused more on the human soldiers and had Sam with them.

I can't figure out why they kept pulling Sam away from the Transformers only to then figure out a way to put him back in their lives again. I sure as hell can't figure out why we needed people like John Malkovich and Sam's parents.

If these characters serve a purpose, then fine. If they're there just to be a distraction, then get rid of them. These movies can get away with a shorter running time.
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