In the summer of 2010, Huntington-Whiteley was suddenly on Hollywood's radar when rumors started flying that she was on the short list of actresses to replace Megan Fox as Shia LaBeouf's love interest in the third installment of the blockbuster action film, "Transformers: Dark of the Moon." Fox, who starred in both of the film's previous releases, reportedly left the franchise on her own volition. But insiders claimed that she left due to growing friction between her and the film's director Michael Bay, whom the actress allegedly likened to a tyrant on set. Shortly after news of Fox's departure broke, talks turned to whom the likely replacement would be. Aside from Huntington-Whiteley - who was reportedly dating actor star Jason Statham at the time - the other frontrunners were models Sarah Wright and Brooklyn Decker. After a highly publicized search for the film's new female lead, Bay chose Huntington-Whiteley, a surprising move since the model had practically no acting credits to her name.