Wait…..was Bumblebee just RickRolled?
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.
Set to be released this Christmas, is Bumblebee, featuring the popular character, in a prequel to the Transformers films. While it has been uncertain of future Transformers films, due to the performance of the last few films, Bumblebee just might breathe new life into the franchise.
Taking place in the year 1987 (the year that the Transformers saga started), the film stars Oscar nominee Halee Steinfeld as Charlie Watson, a teenager just turning 18, who finds an old Volkswagen Beetle in a junkyard. After taking the vehicle home, she discovers that the car is not really a car, but Bumblebee, who has been in hiding. The two then spark a friendship, with Charlie calling Bumblebee “Bee”.
While not much is known about the story, or details on the majority of the cast, it was announced that WWE superstar, John Cena, has the role of Sector 7 agent Burns. Voice actor Jess Harnell (Wakko Warner in Animaniacs) reprises the voice of the Decepticon Barricade, from Transformers: The Last Knight. It was also reported that Martin Short and Peter Cullen are providing voices in the film, as well. While we’re not sure what role Martin Short is providing, we can only assume that Peter Cullen is, once again, the voice of Optimus Prime.
We are most certain on one thing, this time, the film will NOT be directed by Michael Bay (might be a good thing), but he will serve as a producer to the film. Travis Knight, director of Kubo And The Two Strings, is in the director’s chair, his second feature and his first live action film. The screenplay was written by Christina Hodson. Dario Marianelli will be providing the film’s music score, making this the first Transformers film that Steve Jablonsky has not provided the score to.
While this is only a teaser trailer, we have to admit, this does look pretty good. Hopefully, the final product will be just as entertaining.
Bumblebee is distributed by Paramount Pictures, and set to be released on December 21, 2018.
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