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Kelsey Grammer cast as Transformers 4 villain

Transformers 4 has bagged itself a primary antagonist, with Kelsey Grammer signing on to play the villain of the piece in Michael Bay’s forthcoming sequel.

However, Grammer will be doing more than just lending his voice to a malevolent robot, as he’ll actually be playing an old-fashioned, one-hundred-per-cent-human bad guy.

Details are predictably scarce at this stage, but what we do know is that Grammer will be playing a character called Harold Attinger, a counter-intelligence operative up to no good.

The sequel’s plot remains similarly cloudy, although rumours abound that an ancient Transformer menace will be awakened by a cabal of grasping businessmen and overreaching scientists. Will they never learn?

Aside from that, all we know is that the film will not be an out-and-out reboot, and that Bay will be giving the Transformers a comprehensive design overhaul. There will probably be explosions, too.

Directed by Bay and co-starring Mark Wahlberg, Jack Reynor, Nicola Peltz and Stanley Tucci, Transformers 4 will open in the UK on 27 June 2014.

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