Transformers 4 to feature an “ancient, powerful menace” hell-bent on destroying the Earth

Newly released plot details reveal how the upcoming sci-fi sequel will follow on from 2011's Dark of the Moon

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An “ancient, powerful menace” will set out to destroy the Earth in the upcoming fourth Transformers movie, according to a new plot synopsis.

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The story details were revealed last night by the Michigan Film Office, which included some information about the film’s plot in a press release about film funding.

“As humanity picks up the pieces, following the conclusion of Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Autobots and Decepticons have all but vanished from the face of the planet,” said the release.

“However, a group of powerful, ingenious businessman and scientists attempt to learn from past Transformer incursions and push the boundaries of technology beyond what they can control – all while an ancient, powerful Transformer menace sets Earth in his crosshairs.

“The epic adventure and battle between good and evil, freedom and enslavement ensues.”

Filming on Transformers 4 is expected to get under way in Detroit in the spring, and TF4 will be the third film in the franchise to use the Motor City as its backdrop, continuing a trend that began with 2007’s Transformers and continued with Transformers: Dark of the Moon in 2011.

Transformers 4 will also feature an all-new cast of human characters headed up by Ted star Mark Wahlberg and relative newcomer Jack Reynor. Michael Bay, who has directed every film in the franchise, will return to direct and produce Transformers 4.

Discussing the film in January, Bay said: “The story makes a very natural transition, and reason as to why we have a whole new cast. This Transformers will feel very different than the last three. We are embarking on a new trilogy.”

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Transformers 4 is expected to be released in the UK in June 2014.