Ken Jeong is ready to pump some iron — and steal some scenes.
The "Hangover" star is reuniting with his "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" director Michael Bay for the bodybuilding crime thriller, "Pain and Gain," according to Heat Vision.
"Pain and Gain" is based on the true story of Miami Beach bodybuilders who headed a disastrous kidnapping and extortion ring. At $35 million, the film has the lowest budget of any Bay-directed film since the original "Bad Boys" (which, believe it or not, had a budget of only $19 million), a film for which Bay sacrificed part of his salary in order to shoot a climactic explosion. Seems rather ironic now, doesn't it?
Ken Jeong had a brief but memorable supporting role in the third "Transformers" film as Shia LaBeouf's somewhat bizarre (okay, really bizarre) co-worker who unfortunately ran afoul of the Decepticon known as Laserbeak. He's probably most well-known for his role as Mr. Chow in the "Hangover" movies and as part of the ensemble of NBC's comedy series, "Community."
Character details on "Pain and Gain" are being kept under wraps, but we do know that Jeong will be playing a character named Johnny Wu. He joins a cast that includes Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Tony Shalhoub, Rebel Wilson, Rob Corddry, Anthony Mackie and fellow Bay alum, Ed Harris (who starred in "The Rock").
Production on "Pain and Gain" is currently underway in Miami, after which Bay will transition almost immediately to "Transformers 4."