Rumors that Megan Fox won’t be appearing in Transformers 3 were confirmed today when it was announced that the starlet would no longer be part of the series. Paramount studios announced today that Fox won’t be reprising her role as Mikaela Banes alongside Shia Lebouf in the popular series. Reports from Variety and other publications have it that Michael Bay, the producer of the films and Paramount want to take the series in a different direction, one that might not be to Fox’s liking. Fox has had an ongoing feud with Bay, once comparing him to Hitler. Although she claims to have left the project on her own accord, it seems more likely that tension has built between the two to the breaking point. Paramount also seems fond of the idea of introducing a new love interest for Shia Labeouf in the newest film, making Fox a disposable asset.
The latest installment of Transformers is set to hit theaters this summer. Both of the last films scored well over $700 million at the box office, making them one of the most profitable projects that Paramount Studios has pursued. The company was planning to delay the release of the latest installment, but it is now slated to be released earlier this year.