Moviemaker Michael Bay appears to have forgiven Shia LaBeouf for publicly trashing their Transformers films, insisting he'd like to work with his former leading man again.

The two power players fell out after LaBeouf attacked the first Transformers sequel at the Cannes Film Festival in France and he won't be appearing in the fourth installment - but Bay reveals that decision had nothing to do with the things he has said about the franchise in the past.

The director tells TheDailyBeast.com, "He's (LaBeouf) trashed every movie he's ever been in, so... There's a specific reason why there's a new cast; it's just a way to freshen up the franchise.

"Shia and I are definitely going to work (together) again.