Michael Bay brings ‘Transformers 5’ filming to Detroit

The production for ‘Transformers: The Last Knight’ has arrived and will be around all summer long

Adam Graham
The Detroit News

Detroit is getting Transformed yet again.

Filming for the fifth “Transformers” movie, which carries the title “Transformers: The Last Knight,” began Monday in Detroit and will continue for the next eight weeks.

Crews are prepping filming areas in Capitol Park and at the former State Savings Bank building at the corner of Fort Street and Shelby Street for scenes this week. Filming is expected to take place at Fort and Shelby on Friday afternoon, according to a memo from Paramount Pictures sent to tenants in the area.

On Monday, “Transformers” extras casting director Maryellen Aviano appeared on Fox 2’s morning show and put the call out for local extras.

“There’s not a lot,” she said of opportunities for extras, “but there’s enough that I would like everyone to submit that’s interested.”

She said interested parties — mostly 18 and over, although there are some spots for 16-18-year-olds — should submit a current picture, personal stats (height, scheduling restrictions, etc.) and contact information to transformers5extras@gmail.com.

“We’re trying to have as many local people in every capacity that we can,” Aviano said.

“Transformers: The Last Knight” is expected to spend $80 million on filming in Michigan and will receive $21 million in tax incentives, according to the Michigan Film Office. Of the production’s 850 cast and crew hires, 450 will be Michigan residents, and around 700 extras will be hired.

This is the fourth time director Michael Bay has brought filming for “Transformers” to Metro Detroit. He also filmed scenes for his film “The Island” in the area.

Prior to Detroit, filming for “The Last Knight” — which stars Mark Wahlberg, Josh Duhamel and Sir Anthony Hopkins — took place in Arizona and Cuba.

To date, the “Transformers” films have grossed around $3.7 billion worldwide.

“Transformers: The Last Knight” is slated to open in theaters on June 23, 2017. And that’s not all: “Transformers 6” is on the docket for June 8, 2018 and “Transformers 7” is due out June 28, 2019.


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