Around half a year ago I already wrote an article about the live-action Transformers film series, focussed on Bumblebee. Bumblebee: The Movie is set to revitalize the Transformers universe in expansive ways and could be the first entry in a new film franchise. The film will adapt elements of the “G1 Era” cartoon from the ’80s into a live-action movie.
As the film’s lead actress Hailee Steinfeld told IGN: “I think that we’ll see how the first one does, how people receive it and how it turns out and then hopefully start the conversation and what happens after that.”
“I liked the opportunity of creating something new and different but obviously it is under the same roof of these films that I am a fan of,” Steinfeld revealed. “I didn’t have any reservations, maybe a few nerves just because of the fact the fan base is so incredibly loyal and hardcore. I wanted to make a film that they’ll love. This movie is, of course, part of the Transformers legacy but it is a standalone film and it is its own story and it goes back in time to the ’80s before any of the Transformers movies came about. “
“It’s very character-driven and storyline-driven, which is good. I think will be interesting to see it play out because you still get the action and the Transformers themselves. There’s a whole lot in it for the Transformers fans that I think they’ll love, but it’s definitely about storyline and characters.”
She also teases that Bumblebee: The Movie, which is set in the 80s and will serve as a prequel to the first movies, will be both different and similar to the Transformers films that fans know and love.
Hailee Steinfeld’s co-star in the film, John Cena, is confident that Bumblebee will be a game-changer, describing it as a ‘wonderful reboot’ during a chat with Digital Spy: “It was awesome to be involved with that franchise, and a pleasure to be asked to be part of the movie, but I took the part because it was a challenge for me. It’s something that I haven’t been able to showcase, and that I wanted to.”
The story will be as follows: On the run in the year 1987, Bumblebee finds refuge in a junkyard in a small Californian beach town. Charlie (Hailee Steinfeld)a high school tomboy, 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 and she gets an unlikely friendship with the alien giant robot. Of course, it just wouldn’t be a Transformers movie if Optimus Prime didn’t show up for a bit or a secret government operation called Sector Seven is in play.
The full cast list is:
Directed by Travis Knight (“KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS,” “CORALINE”), the film stars Hailee Steinfeld (“EDGE OF SEVENTEEN”), Pamela Adlon (“BETTER THINGS,””LOUIE”), John Cena (“DADDY’S HOME 2,” “TRAINWRECK”), Stephen Schneider (Comedy Central’s “BROAD CITY”), Jorge Lendeborg Jr. (“SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING”), Jason Drucker (“DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: THE LONG HAUL”), Kenneth Choi (“AMERICAN CRIME STORY”), Ricardo Hoyos (“DEGRASSI: NEXT CLASS”), Abby Quinn (“LANDLINE,” “THE SISTERHOOD OF THE NIGHT”), Rachel Crow (“DEIDRA & LANEY ROB A TRAIN”), and Grace Dzienny (“ZOO”).
The first version of the logo for the movie shows it will most likely have a retro design. It’s also accompanied by a tease of Bumblebee’s redesign. The Autobot will appear in his classic Volkswagen Bug form so the logo could be a clue to how he’ll look with his throwback appearance.
The movie was delayed six months after its initial release date and is currently scheduled to arrive in theatres on December 21, 2018.