John Cena Joins Transformers Bumblebee Spinoff Movie, Release Date Announced

Bumblebee will hit screens in December 2018.

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The upcoming Transformers spinoff Bumblebee has started production, and it now has a confirmed release date. The movie will arrive in theaters on December 21, 2018, and in addition, many of the cast have been revealed.

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The film will star Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit), alongside WWE star John Cena. The cast also includes Jorge Lendeborg (Spider-Man: Homecoming), Jason Drucker (Diary of Wimpy Kid), Ricardo Hoyos (The Belko Experiment), and Gracie Dzienny (Chasing Life).

A synopsis has been released. It reads, "On the run in the year 1987, Bumblebee finds refuge in a junkyard in a small Californian beach town. Charlie, 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."

Bumblebee will be directed by Travis Knight. Although it is Knight's live-action debut, he helmed last year's Oscar-nominated animated movie Kubo And The Two Strings, and as president of the Laika animation studio he has overseen such acclaimed movies as Boxtrolls, ParaNorman, and Coraline.

In a recent interview with Screenrant, Transformers produdcer Lorenzo Di Bonaventura explained that Bumblebee would be different in tone from the main movies in the franchise. "It's a more intimate movie," he said. "It's a little bit like Iron Giant which I worked on many years ago. It's a smaller story but it's still about these larger issues, the same sort of titanic clashes occur.

"But it's a female lead, the relationship she and Bumblebee develop is very different than what we've seen before. And so I think people are going to love the intimacy of that movie in contrast to some of the big [moments]."

Bumblebee is the first movie in what Paramount hopes will be an ongoing spinoff universe of Transformers movies. The latest film was this summer's Transformers: The Last Knight, but although it has made $568.9 million worldwide so far, it is the lowing grossing movie of the franchise to date.

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