Star Scoop: Megan Fox Transformed, A Rasputin Role for Leo, Aaron Taylor-Johnson Avenged


We all remember Megan Fox's controversial departure from Transformers in 2011, but the franchise's original vixen may be on her way back to the land of Autobots and Decepticons. Fox is rumored to appear in the fourth installment of the series starring new heroMark Wahlberg. [Huffington Post]

After 20 years in the industry, could Leonardo DiCaprio's new role (finally) earn him an Oscar? The on-screen Jay Gatsby is being courted to play Russian mystic Grigori Rasputin in a Warner Bros. production. [Vulture]

Aaron Taylor-Johnson is priming for a role less savage than his last. He's in talks with Marvel Studios to play Quicksilver in The Avengers 2, one of two new characters introduced in the sequel. The project is also calling for Robert Downey Jr. to reprise his role as Iron Man, while Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, and Jeremy Renner will return to the cast. [MTV]

Cast and crew at American Idol have a new boss to answer to: Per Blankens. The executive producer hails from Sweden's version of the singing competition, and may be what the series needs to kick up viewership and shift attention away from season 12's judging controversies. “Per is a creative and experienced executive who has been the show runner on the blockbuster Swedish Idol for more than five seasons,” executive producer Trish Kinane said in an interview. “He is extremely passionate about Idol and I’m very excited about his ideas and vision for keeping Idol creatively vibrant.” Blankens will be replacing longtime producers Nigel Lythgoe and Ken Warwick, who are exiting along with Randy Jackson, Mariah Carey, and Nicki Minaj. [Variety]

Can Kings of Leon reclaim its throne with a Mechanical Bull? After canceling the U.S. leg of their 2011 tour, the four-man front has resurfaced with an Angelo Petraglia-produced album slated for September 24. According to bassist Jared Followill, the effort was a lighter load than expected. “I thought we were going to make a really mature album but I'm amazed how youthful it sounds,” he told NME. “It's like a mix of Youth & Young Manhood and Because of the Times.” [Rolling Stone]

We're still raving over our experience at last night's Tony Awards (hello orchestra seating!), and it turns out America was tuned in, too. Ratings for last night's CBS broadcast increased 20 percent from last year, with a total of 7.7 million viewers. Neil Patrick Harris can finally relax. [Entertainment Weekly]