Jerrod Carmichael in Talks to Join Mark Wahlberg in ‘Transformers 5’ (Exclusive)

Michael Bay is directing the action-packed sequel for Paramount and Hasbro

Jerrod Carmichael
LOS ANGELES, CA – FEBRUARY 13: Write/actor Jerrod Carmichael speaks onstage during the 2016 Writers Guild Awards L.A. Ceremony at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza on February 13, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Phillip Faraone/Getty Images,)

After successfully launching his own NBC sitcom “The Carmichael Show,” comedian Jerrod Carmichael is in talks to join Mark Wahlberg in Paramount’s “Transformers 5,” multiple individuals familiar with the project have told TheWrap.

Paramount declined to comment.

Michael Bay is returning to direct the action-packed sequel, which is expected to co-star up-and-coming Nickelodeon actress Isabela Moner.

“Transformers 5” boasts the involvement of executive producer Steven Spielberg as well as a litany of writers including Oscar winner Akiva Goldsman.

Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Don Murphy and Tom DeSanto will produce the sequel with Hasbro, and Paramount will release the film on June 23, 2017. Production is slated to start this summer in Detroit.

Carmichael broke out in Universal’s 2014 comedy “Neighbors,” and he’s reprising his role as Garf in “Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising,” which hits theaters on May 20. The talented stand-up comic can currently be seen in Lorene Scafaria‘s indie “The Meddler,” and he recently wrapped James Franco‘s comedy “The Masterpiece,” which chronicles the making of the cult film “The Room.”

Carmichael is represented by UTA and Ziffren Brittenham.