John Cena Will Star in the Transformers 'Bumblebee' Spin-Off Movie

Monday, 31 July 2017 - 8:50PM
Transformers
Monday, 31 July 2017 - 8:50PM
John Cena Will Star in the Transformers 'Bumblebee' Spin-Off Movie
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Here's a question: how do you successfully differentiate the Bumblebee spin-off from the other Transformers movies so audiences know that it's unlike anything they've seen from the franchise?

The answer? You add all-star wrestler John Cena to the movie, which is certainly something new. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Cena will play "a lead role" in the film, which is set in the 1980s, because apparently there's a new law that requires every movie franchise to visit the era of enormous shoulder pads at least once. Paramount hasn't yet revealed who Cena's character will be.

Cena won't be playing the Shia LaBeouf of this movie - the role of the young human sidekick will be played by Hailee Steinfeld, who you'll know from either the True Grit remake or Pitch Perfect 2, depending on your movie preferences.



Bumblebee is going to follow the standard Transformers formula, with some plucky young teen (Steinfeld, replacing LeBeouf and Mark Wahlberg) finding a broken down old junk vehicle that turns out to (spoiler alert) be a robot in disguise. While many former fans of the franchise are probably sick of this oh-so-familiar plot by this point, there are thankfully a couple of wrinkles to keep things fresh.

First off, instead of being an incredibly American Camaro, Bumblebee will finally (according to The Hollywood Reporter at least) take on his classic look from the original Transformers cartoon, and will be an adorable little yellow Volkswagen beetle. It's not an over-exaggeration to state that Transformers fans have been hoping for this ever since Michael Bay first got his claws in the franchise.

Speaking of which, with Bay supposedly done with the franchise, the spin-off will be directed by Travis Knight, best known for the critically acclaimed animated film Kubo and the Two Strings.



According to a producer for the series, the intention is to make the Bumblebee movie feel more like The Iron Giant (another classic giant robot that's making a movie appearance soon), with a young human forming a genuine friendship with a metal machine.

The only question is where Cena will fit into all this. As one of the older actors to have been cast thus far, it's entirely possible that he might be playing a parental figure for Hailee Steinfeld's Charlie as she navigates the challenges of growing up with a robot best friend. Presumably Cena will also be involved in some action scenes, because what else do you do with him? And previous Transformer movies have proven that if all you need is an impressive actor to deliver exposition, you get Anthony Hopkins.

Cena's big, muscular physique lends himself perfectly to punching giant evil robots, so if we don't see him at least attempt to clock a Decepticon on the chin, his talents will have been wasted. Or, alternatively, Cena could be wrapped up in those motion-capture golf balls to play Bumblebee himself, filling in for the CGI character by providing motion capture details for him. The wrestler would probably look very fetching in a morph suit.

Bumblebee is scheduled to hit theaters December 21, 2018.
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