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Comic-Con 2018: Bumblebee -- Everything We Know So Far

Everything we know about Bumblebee.

Transformers, robotic alien lifeforms with the ability to transform into cars and other vehicles, have carved out a significant place for themselves in pop culture with comics, TV shows, film adaptations and more. Now, Paramount is producing a Transformers movie that explains the origins of one of the most popular autobots, Bumblebee.

With Bumblebee set to show up at San Diego Comic-Con, which begins on Thursday, July 19, let's review all of the information we have about the upcoming movie. We'll also take a look at what we're hoping to see from the film at SDCC.

What It's About

Bumblebee will follow the origins of the famous titular autobot. Bumblebee finds himself in a California beach town in the 1980s being hunted by evil Decepticons. He meets his first bestie, Charlie Watson, when she decides to fix up a yellow Volkswagen bug that she finds, unaware of what she's really taking on.

Who's Who


  • The film will be directed by Travis Knight (Kubo and the Two Strings).
  • Christina Hodson is writing the movie.
  • Michael Bay is producing.


  • Hailee Steinfeld will star as Charlie Watson, a somewhat lost young mechanic who finds Bumblebee.
  • John Cena will play Agent Burns.
  • Peter Cullen will play Optimus Prime.
  • Jorge Lendeborg Jr will play the male lead.

What's Been Released So Far

So far, there has a been a teaser trailer released, but not a full length trailer. The teaser gives a clip of the scene when Charlie discovers Bumblebee. Instead of being a fearsome combat robot, he shows Charlie he's safe to be around by being kind of cuddly.

Entertainment Weekly also released photo with two scary looking decepticons and explained that they are trackers and will feature as the main villains in the film.

Other than that, there haven't been many plot details released, so we will have a lot of questions for Comic-Con.

What We Want From Comic-Con

Paramount will definitely have a Hall H panel and presentation at Comic-Con that will feature Bumblebee. Director Travis Knight, Hailee Steinfeld, and reportedly, John Cena and Jorge Lendeborg Jr. will be at the panel, and we have questions for them.

One of the big questions right now is whether any other autobots will be in the movie. We know that Optimus Prime will be in it, but we want to know if any of the other autobots will be showing up. Also, how will John Cena fit into all this? Who is Jorge Lendeborg Jr. playing? Is there a conflict beyond Bumblebee evading two decepticon trackers?

We would love it if they debuted a full length trailer at Comic-Con to answer some of these questions, but we would settle for some more plot details in general. Bumblebee is set to be released December 21, 2018.

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