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Gemma Arterton Faces Off Bar Refaeli to Be 'Transformers 3' New Leading Lady

May 20, 2010 (9:02 am) GMT
The 'Clash of the Titans' beauty is said to be the frontrunner, while young stars such as Camilla Bella and Vanessa Hudgens are reportedly also among the contenders.
Gemma Arterton Faces Off Bar Refaeli to Be 'Transformers 3' New Leading Lady

Soon after confirms her departure from "" film franchise, names of stars who could replace her have been thrown. TheWrap reports that is currently in competition with models , and to take the role of the new female lead in "Transformers 3".

An individual close to the casting process says the "" actress has already had discussions with Michael Bay about the coveted role. Refaeli and Kerr also have reportedly read for casting director, while Decker has the most substantial acting career of the three models. However, TheWrap claims Arterton is still the top choice for the movie helmer and Paramount Pictures.

Another site Ain't It Cool News (AICN) also comes out with another list of possible new "Transformers 3" beauty. According to their source, (""), (""), (""), ("") and ("High School Musical") are being considered to replace Megan Fox.

The competition reportedly also involves some less notable stars such as (""), (""), (""), ("") as well as English model .

Since Megan Fox quit "Transformers 3", Michael Bay, writer Ehren Kruger and Paramount Pictures reportedly plan to take the story "in another direction". The director is said to find Sam Witwicky's new love interest that "makes more sense for the story."

is still on board to reprise his role as the owner of Bumblebee, joined by who will return as Major Lennox. Production of the film has begun earlier this month, while the movie is set to open wide in U.S. cinemas on July 1, 2011.

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