Transformers: The Last Knight sort of came and went at the box office earlier this summer, and has barely made $500 million at the worldwide box office, or about half as much as Transformers: Age of Extinction made during its run in 2014. That’s probably not a good place to be as you’re looking to expand your film franchise into spin-off movies, but time marches on, and so does the first of planned Transformers cinematic universe in the form of Bumblebee. Based on the yellow sports car that’s been a main character in all the Transformers movies so far, the stage is set for “Bee” to ride solo, and in a familiar form.
First, the cast. Hailee Steinfeld had already been announced as the film’s [human] star, but she will be joined by John Cena, Pamela Aldon, Stephen Schenider, Jorge Lendeborg Jr., Jason Drucker, Kenneth Choi, Ricardo Hoyos, Abby Quinn, Rachel Crow, and Grace Dzienny. Travis Knight, director of the stop-motion hit Kubo and the Two Strings, will be the first person to make a live-action Transformers movie not named Michael Bay.
Now the plot, which confirms a pervious revelation that the film will take place in the 80s, but more important than that, the plot description below confirms that Bumblebee will back, by popular demand, as a Volkswagen Beetle, the car form Bumblebee had in the original animated series and toy line.
On the run in the year 1987, Bumblebee finds refuge in a junkyard in a small Californian beach town. Charlie (Steinfeld), on the cusp of turning 18 and trying to find her place in the world, discovers Bumblebee, battle-scarred and broken. When Charlie revives him, she quickly learns this is no ordinary, yellow VW bug.
In the final bit of Bumblebee news, Paramount has moved the release date of the film to December 21, 2018, putting it right in the way of Warner Bros.’ Aquaman, which comes out that same day, and Disney’s Mary Poppins Returns, which comes out three days after that. So who will blink first in this three blockbuster pile-up?
Principal photography on Bumblebee is currently underway in California. Stay tuned for updates…