Rosie Huntington-Whiteley may replace Megan Fox in Transformers 3.
The 23-year-old Victoria’s Secret model—who has no previous acting roles—is the hot favorite to take over the role of Mikaela Banes in the third installment of the action thriller franchise.
Fox shot to international fame in 2007 for her portrayal of Mikaela in the first Transformers film, which she reprised in 2009’s Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, but was reported to have had a dispute with the movie’s director Michael Bay which led to her leaving the project. Fox’s spokesperson said at the time: “She will not be starring in Transformers 3. It was her decision.”
Huntington-Whiteley became a Victoria’s Secret Angel this year having made her runway debut six years before.
Shia LaBeouf—who plays Sam Witwicky in the films—has promised the third Transformers movie will be more concise and with a clearer direction, after confessing that he hated the 2009 installment. “There are a lot of people that liked the second one, but I hated it. I just didn’t enjoy it,” LaBeouf says. “I thought we missed the mark. I got confused, I couldn’t see what the fuck was going on, you know, with certain robots… I couldn’t decipher what was happening. I know that directors Michael Bay and Steven Spielberg are dedicated to making the best movie we possibly can, and we’re not going to miss next time.”