Transformers 4 has apparently procured its villain, at least one them, anyway. According to a report by Deadline, one of TV's most venerable personalities, Kelsey Grammer has been cast in director Michael Bay's upcoming robot-rampaging sequel...as a villain, no less.
The former Cheers and Frasier actor, who has recently racked-up awards for his performance as a hard-balling, womanizing Chicago mayor on the now-ended Starz series, Boss, will now play a character named Harold Attinger, who is said to be "a counter intelligence guy" and "a key villain" in the fourquel. While details on the film's plot have been kept under tight wraps, it is known that Grammer's (presumably human) antagonistic role will join a growing cast of franchise newcomers headlined by hero, Mark Wahlberg, along with Stanley Tucci, Nicola Peltz, and Jack Reynor.
Of course, this is hardly the first big-budget genre film in which Grammer has starred. (And no, I'm not talking about Down Periscope.) Grammer portrayed the contemporary version of Hank McCoy, aka the blue-mohaired mutant, Beast in 2006's X-Men: The Last Stand; a role later played by Nicholas Hoult in X-Men: First Class and its upcoming sequel, X-Men: Days of Future Past. To Grammer's credit, his performance as Beast mixed an erudite aura with savage badassery that remains one of the few aspects of that particular film (widely considered a trainwreck) that is looked upon positively.
Transformers 4 (title yet to be revealed) uses Frasier's Freudian finagling to confuse its Autobot heroes at theaters on June 27, 2014.