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Roll Out! Kelsey Grammer Is the Human Bad Guy of ‘Transformers 4′

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Michael Bay must be impressed with Kelsey Grammer's recent turn as a ruthless politician on "Boss," as he's keeping the villain vibe going by casting the former "Cheers" star as the human heavy in "Transformers 4."

Grammer will be playing the role of Harold Attinger, a counter intelligence officer whom it's probably safe to assume is extremely anti-Autobot. He joins a human cast that includes Mark Wahlberg, Stanley Tucci, Jack Reynor and Nicola Peltz. Information on what robots in disguise we'll be seeing in the sequel is still highly classified.

Kelsey Grammer is red-hot lately with his portrayal of Tom Kane, the ever-scheming Mayor of Chicago who's constantly neck-deep in conspiracy and intrigue of Shakespearean proportions on Starz's drama series, "Boss." His performance won him the 2012 Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama, his first Golden Globe win since 2001, when he took home the Best Performance by an Actor in a TV-Series - Comedy or Musical award for "Frasier."

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While Grammer is mostly known for his television roles, he's certainly no stranger to Hollywood blockbusters, having been the best thing about "X-Men: The Last Stand" (2006) with his portrayal of blue-haired mutant Dr. Hank McCoy/Beast. He's also no stranger to playing larger-than-life villains, as he's the voice of the nefarious Sideshow Bob on "The Simpsons."

Production on "Transformers 4" commences in July, which means we should soon start hearing at least rumors about what Autobots and Decepticons will be appearing in the sequel. Our money's currently on the Dinobots and a certain planet-eating chaos-bringer that goes by the name of Unicron ... maybe if we, you know, put that out there it will come true through some sort of Internet osmosis. Michael Bay apparently likes to listen to the fans, after all.

"Transformers 4" will hit theaters on June 27, 2014.

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