‘Real deal’ Jack lands a lead role in Trans­form­ers

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WICKLOW AC­TOR Jack Reynor’s ca­reer is set to be trans­formed af­ter be­ing cast in the lead role in Michael Bay’s Trans­form­ers 4.

Di­rec­tor and pro­ducer Bay said that he spot­ted 20-year-old Jack Reynor in ‘ a great lit­tle Ir­ish movie’, What Richard Did, which was re­leased last week.

In a post on his web­site michael­bay.com, the 47-year-old de­scribed Reynor as the ‘ real deal’.

He wrote ‘ Jack Reynor…is an Ir­ish kid that came to Amer­ica with 30 bucks in his pocket. Pretty ballsy. Se­ri­ously who does that? ‘ This kid is the real deal.’ 20- year- old Reynor who was also nom­i­nated for an IFTA last week for his role in What Richard Did, was born in the United States and was raised in Humphrys­town near Bless­ing­ton.

His love of act­ing be­gan on the set of ‘Coun­try' di­rected by Kevin Liddy, in 1999. Be­tween 2004 and 2010 he at­tended Belvedere Col­lege SJ in Dublin, where he per­formed on stage in numer­ous pro­duc­tions.

In early 2010, Jack was cast in Kirsten Sheri­dan's ‘ Doll­house' which de­buted at Ber­li­nale 2012. In late 2011 he played the ti­tle role in Lenny Abra­ham­son's highly an­tic­i­pated ‘What Richard Did' which is loosely based on the tragic death of a teenager out­side a Dublin night­club in 2000.

Ex­pected to be re­leased in the sum­mer of next year, Bay also de­nied ru­mours that the fourth in­stal­ment in the sci- fi se­ries Trans­form­ers would be a re­set of the block­buster fran­chise.

‘ Trans­form­ers 4, is not a re­boot. That word has been float­ing around on the net.

‘ This movie takes place ex­actly 4 years af­ter the war in Chicago. 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.’

Reynor will play the love in­ter­est of Mark Wahlberg’s daugh­ter in the film, tak­ing over the lead role for­mally played by Shia LaBeouf. He beat off com­pe­ti­tion from ‘ Brother & Sis­ters’ ac­tor Luke Grimes, ‘ Terra Nova’ ac­tor Lan­don Li­bo­iron, Bren­ton Th­waites from ‘Blue La­goon: The Awak­en­ing’ and Hunter Par­rish, star of ‘Weeds’.

Flush from the success of the of­fi­cial an­nounce­ment Reynor scored a dou­ble when he re­ceived an IFTA nom­i­na­tion for Best Ac­tor for What Richard Did.

‘What Richard Did' was the best per­form­ing Ir­ish film in the Ir­ish box of­fice in 2012.

Reynor is also set to star in the up­com­ing Steven Spiel­berg film ‘ The De­liv­ery Man' which also stars com­edy heavy­weight Vince Vaughan and pop­u­lar Ir­ish ac­tor Simon De­laney.

Jack Reynor went to Amer­ica with 30 bucks in his pocket but we imag­ine he’ll be re­turn­ing with quite a few more.

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