Watch Hailee Steinfeld in Surprising First 'Bumblebee' Trailer; Here's Everything We Know

Watch Hailee Steinfeld in Surprising First 'Bumblebee' Trailer; Here's Everything We Know

Jun 05, 2018


Hailee Steinfeld made her big-screen debut in spectacular fashion, acting opposite Jeff Bridges in a new version of the classic Western True Grit under the direction of Joel and Ethan Coen. She earned an Academy Award nomination for her steely, yet open-hearted performance.

Her next starring role will be markedly different. Bumblebee is the first spin-off movie in the history of the extremely popular Transformers series. The first trailer has now been released; it is surprisingly dramatic, putting the emphasis on the relationship that quickly develops between a young mechanic and a small car that transforms into something entirely unexpected.

Watch the first trailer below. Then read onward for everything we know about the film.

Why is Hailee Steinfeld a great choice for the lead role?

In the years since True Grit, Steinfeld has built an excellent resume in comedies (The Edge of Seventeen), dramas (Term Life) and musicals (Pitch Perfect 3). Bumblebee represents her first leading role in a big action movie. As the trailer suggests strongly, she is fully equipped to handle the responsibility.

The trailer also indirectly addresses another nagging question: can a Transformers movie more directly engage the large female audience that has regularly attended past installments in the series? The answer appears to be: yes!

Who else stars?

John Cena (Blockers), costars, evidently as a military leader, possibly sent to capture Bumblebee. Rising star Jorge Lendeborg Jr. (Spider-Man: Homecoming) will also play a key role. Other cast members include Pamela Adlon, Kenneth Choi and John Ortiz, with Martin Short and Peter Cullen touted for voice roles.

Who is directing?

Travis Knight (Kubo and the Two Strings). As we've noted before, Knight serves as president and CEO of Laika, a company that focuses on stop-motion animated projects; their credits include Coraline, ParaNorman and The Boxtrolls. So Knight is well-versed in reaching younger viewers, but also in making movies that appeal to older audiences as well.

Who wrote it and what's the story?

Christina Hodson (Shut In, Unforgettable) wrote the screenplay. Here's the official synopsis: "On the run in the year 1987, Bumblebee finds refuge in a junkyard in a small California beach town. Charlie (Hailee 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."

As a reminder, Bumblebee was initially portrayed in Michael Bay's Transformers films as a mascot type of character, younger and less experienced than the other Autobots. That ties in well with the new film's tagline: "Every adventure has a beginning."

When can we see it?

Paramount Pictures has set Bumblebee for theatrical release on December 21, 2018.


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