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Michael Bay's Transformers role for 'Loneliest Dog' Freya

Freya the dog Image copyright Freshfield Animal Rescue Centre
Image caption Freya has been in the Freshfields Animal Rescue Centre all her life

A dog which spent six years in an animal rescue centre in Merseyside is set to star in a Hollywood blockbuster.

Rescue dog Freya, a Staffordshire bull terrier, was chosen by director Michael Bay to star in the next movie in the Transformers science fiction franchise after he read about her story.

He tweeted: "Found this in the news last week in the UK. We gave the Loneliest Dog, a role in Transformers."

The dog-loving director also promised to help find her a home.

Freshfields Animal Rescue Centre has been trying to find a good home for Freya for the last six years, earning her the tag "The world's loneliest dog".

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Image caption The director already has two bullmastiffs

"Freya has epilepsy and has been in a shelter her whole 6 year life. We are also going to find her a home," he tweeted.

"If not she will come to my house. Welcome to the cast Freya!"

Bay reputedly has two bullmastiffs as pets, Bonecrusher and Grace.

Debbie Hughes, from the rescue centre said: "We have had Freya since she was found as a stray six-month old puppy who nobody ever claimed. We just hope she gets a home.

"She is a very loving dog."

Of the interest shown by the Hollywood director, she said: "To have this publicity is not just great for the Freya but the other 40 dogs we have."

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