The actress last year likened franchise director Michael Bay to Hitler and Napoleon, and said he was “a nightmare to work for.” Still, it is unusual to eliminate an actor or actress so closely associated with the movie, not to mention a key character in the movie, just as it begins production.
The move is also unusual since word around Hollywood talent agencies was that Bay and writer Ehren Kruger were planning on creating a female nemesis for Fox.
Bay and company now plan to take the story “in another direction,” according to insiders, and will cast a new love interest.
The third installment of the popcorn blockbuster had been amassing a higher level of actors, with John Malkovich, Frances McDormand and Patrick Dempsey being new additions.
Fox returns to theaters next month in “Jonah Hex.” Her non-involvement in “Transformers 3” was first reported by Deadline.com.