Wahlberg: Transformers a big hit

Mark Wahlberg reckons the new Transformers film is destined to be a massive hit

Mark Wahlberg reckons the new Transformers film is destined to be a massive hit

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Mark Wahlberg has promised Transformers: Age Of Extinction will be a huge hit and has claimed the films are the most iconic franchise in movie history.

The Lone Survivor actor stars in the fourth instalment of the franchise, directed by Michael Bay and said at CinemaCon that fans could expect big things.

"For moviegoers all over the world, I guarantee this will take it up a notch," he said.

"Michael promised me it would be a very different, stand-alone movie, which it absolutely is. It is bigger and better than the other three (films) combined. This will be the biggest movie of 2014."

Pain And Gain star Mark plays Cade Yeager, a mechanic who discovers a rundown truck which is really a Transformer and finds himself the target of Autobots, Decepticons and the government.

Mark said he was feeling nervous about the prospect of stepping into the shoes of previous transformers leading men Shia LaBeouf, Josh Duhamel and Tyrese Gibson.

But he said he "had to jump at the opportunity because I really feel like it is probably the most iconic franchise in movie history".

The star was joined on stage by his co-stars and CinemaCon Rising Stars award recipients Nicola Peltz, who plays his daughter, Tessa Yeager, and Jack Reynor, who portrays Tessa's boyfriend, Shane. But the surprise guest was Mark's 10-year-old daughter, Ella, who is not in the film, but accompanied her dad to Vegas.

"This is (Ella's) first time in Vegas and hopefully her last," Mark joked. The actor flexes his protective daddy disposition in the upcoming action film as well. His Cade comically nags daughter Tessa about her tiny shorts and the boyfriend he didn't know she had, offering a glimpse into the humour of the new film.

Though director Bay was also expected to attend CinemaCon to plug Age Of Extinction, his leading man said the filmmaker was confined to the edit bay to finalise the film's special effects.

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