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Li Bingbing will star in Transformers 4

Li Bingbing will star in Transformers 4

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Li Bingbing will star in Transformers 4

Li Bingbing is set to face off against the giant shape-shifting robots as she joins the cast of Transformers 4.

As director Michael Bay revealed the latest addition to the fourth instalment of the franchise, based on the range of Hasbro action figures, he also announced parts of the film would be filmed in China.

"I am excited to have Li Bingbing join our cast and to be shooting portions of the movie in her native China. I have always aspired to work with the best actors and this cast is especially exciting now with the addition of Li," he said.

Bingbing - whose role is being kept under wraps - will join the all-new cast, which includes Mark Wahlberg, Stanley Tucci, Kelsey Grammer, Jack Reynor, Nicola Peltz and Sophia Myles.

The 40-year-old Chinese actress, who has starred in Resident Evil: Retribution and Snow Flower And The Secret Fan, added: "I am thrilled to get to work with Michael Bay. Transformers has influenced generations in China and the movie franchise has a massive fan base."

Production on Transformers 4 will begin in the US and China in the summer for a release in June 2014.