John Malkovich to battle giant robots in Transformers 3

Turns out that being John Malkovich is more dangerous than we thought. Because next up for the Academy Award-nominated actor is a role in Michael Bay's third Transformers flick. And joining him will be another critically acclaimed performer, Frances McDormand, who took home a Best Actress Oscar for her performance in Fargo.

(Bay also made a third casting announcement—of a Ferrari.)

What could Bay be thinking? By bringing this level of talent on board for his effects-laden movie, is he planning for the latest installment to be about more than merely things blowing up real good?

Here's what the director had to say over at his official site:

Hey, it's been a long time since I've posted. Just been a little busy.

Transformers 3 has been going very well. We are going to shoot in LA, Chicago, Washington DC, Florida, Texas, Africa, Moscow, and China. On the talent front, we just locked in Frances McDormand and John Malkovich. Both amazing actors I've always wanted to work with. We also just got Ken Jeong, he is the super funny actor stuck in the trunk from "Hangover" and the Doctor from "Knocked Up."

We start shooting pre-shoots in about one month.

I also was at a Ferrari charity event this week raising money for a hospital being built by Ferrari in Haiti. I announced that night the newest Autobot to join Transformers: the Ferrari 458 Italia.

I also want to thank everyone on this site that donated to the Make -A-Wish charity. We raised $20,000 which I will personally be matching. This is a great charity where they make wishes come true for kids who are very ill. We have had many Kids from Make-A-Wish visit us on our Transformers sets and this time we will be posting video of they're visits on Transformers 3.

Michael Bay

What do you think these casting decisions will mean for Transformers 3?

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