Actor Reynor lands 'Transformers' role


Months of rumours were finally laid to rest yesterday when film director Michael Bay confirmed that Jack Reynor (20), star of What Richard Did, is taking up a lead role in Bay’s Transformers franchise.

The deal was months in the making, but Reynor had to remain silent until Bay announced it. “In a way it wasn’t hard to keep it to myself, because I knew that I needed to be careful. Of course, I wanted to tell all my friends and family, it’s such a huge thing. I’m just delighted to be a part of it and for those reasons I knew I had to keep it under wraps.”

Reynor, who was born in the US and grew up in Humphrystown, Co Wicklow, can be forgiven for sounding like a man who can’t quite believe his luck. After his star turn in Lenny Abrahamson’s What Richard Did, for which he has been nominated for a best actor Ifta, few people doubted his talent.

But for the 20-year-old to move straight into the top tier of a major Hollywood franchise is an impressive achievement.

“It’s a big Hollywood action film. It’s amazing to be able to come out of Irish independent cinema and do this. I’m absolute thrilled about it, as you can imagine. It’s such a different animal, I’ll have to adapt as I go and that’s the nature of the beast.”

Bay has announced three new films in the franchise.