HuntingtonWhiteley confirmed for Transformers

Bay confirms Victoria’s Secret model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley

Director Michael Bay’s has confirmed that Victoria’s Secret model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley has landed the lead female role in Transformers 3.

Huntington-Whiteley, who worked with Bay before on his Victoria’s Secret “A Thousand Fantasies” ad, will join Shia LaBeouf, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson, Kevin Dunn, Julie White, Frances McDormand, John Malkovich, Ken Jeong, Patrick Dempsey and Alan Tudyk in the third film scheduled for release on July 1, 2011.

In related news, the LA Times has more on the filming taking place in Los Angeles and other locations:

The DreamWorks/Paramount Pictures production has been shooting on a sound stage at the former Spruce Goose Howard Hughes hangar at Playa Vista and will film exterior shots throughout the L.A. area over the next several weeks, including Long Beach, West Hollywood, Century City and Malibu.

“Mike, [producer] Lorenzo [di Bonaventura] and I are all big fans of trying to keep as much of our production in L.A. as possible,” said Bay’s producing partner, Ian Bryce. “It’s a big movie. All our stage work is being done here.”