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Mark Wahlberg and Li Bingbing expected at Transformers world premiere in Hong Kong

Blockbuster which was partly filmed in city will screen next week followed by rock concert

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 12 June, 2014, 11:40am
UPDATED : Thursday, 19 June, 2014, 6:18pm
 

Stars of the latest instalment of the Transformers film franchise will return to Hong Kong for the blockbuster's world premiere and a gig by a Grammy award-winning band next Thursday.

Michael Bay, director of Transformers: Age of Extinction, will join cast members including Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz and Li Bingbing at the event at the Cultural Centre in Tsim Sha Tsui on June 19.

The premiere will be followed by the appearance of American rock outfit Imagine Dragons, who will perform at the Ocean Terminal rooftop car park at 9pm. Some 5,000 free tickets to the concert will be available from 10am today.

The four-piece band won a Grammy for best rock performance earlier this year, and will debut a song, Battle Cry, written for the new film in Hong Kong.

Last October, Bay led his crew for a 10-day shoot in Hong Kong, following other Hollywood blockbusters filmed in the city, including The Dark Knight (2008) and Contagion (2011).

Director Michael Mann's upcoming film Cyber was also shot in the city last year.

The Transformers movie was also filmed in Wulong in Chongqing and at the Great Wall in Beijing.

Film industry gossip suggested the premiere had originally been planned for the mainland. But since most Western journalists flying in to cover the event would have difficulty obtaining visas to enter the mainland, it was switched to Hong Kong.

In an interview with the South China Morning Post last year after wrapping up the Hong Kong shoot, Bay said he was keen to do business in China and Asia.

Scenes were filmed at the government headquarters in Tamar, Admiralty, and on the streets around To Kwa Wan.

In the film's trailer, the Convention Centre and a Star Ferry appear to be targeted in an attack by the evil Decepticons waging war against the Autobots.

Bay himself was attacked during their first day of filming in Quarry Bay by a man wielding an air-conditioning unit, in an attempt to extort HK$100,000 from the crew.

Police were called to the scene and the man, an air-conditioning technician, was sentenced to 30 months' jail in February.

For details of the free tickets, visit here.

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