Writing on his blog, Bay said, “He is an Irish kid that came to America with 30 bucks in his pocket. Pretty ballsy. Seriously, who does that? Anyway, I spotted him in a great little Irish movie [called] What Richard Did. This kid is the real deal.”
The producer/director also took the opportunity to refute claims that Transformers 4 is a completely clean break from the previous films.
“Transformers 4 is not a reboot,” Bay wrote. “That word has been floating around on the net.
“This movie takes place exactly four 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 then the last three. We are embarking on a new trilogy.”