WWE Star John Cena Joins Transformers Spin-Off Bumblebee
Posted 2017/08/01 0 0
WWE Superstar John Cena will take the lead in the Bumblebee spinoff of the Transformers movie franchise.
John Cena's footprint in Hollywood continues to grow, with the Hollywood Reporter's Rebecca Ford reporting Monday the WWE star has secured a lead role in Bumblebee, a spinoff of the Transformers film franchise. He’ll be joining a cast led by Academy Award nominee Hailee Steinfeld and a slew of other young, diverse actors including Jorge Lendeborg, Jason Drucker, Abby Quinn, Rachel Crow, Ricardo Hoyos and Gracie Dzienny.
Travis Knight, who directed Kubo and the Two Strings, will direct the Bumblebee movie from a script written by Christina Hudson (Shut In). The Bumblebee movie is just the first in what Paramount Picutres hopes will become an entire Transformers Cinematic Universe of franchise prequel films and spinoffs.
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."
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]."
Cena, known for his work as a star WWE wrestler, has been building up a notable acting career over the past few years. He was most recently seen in Doug Liman’s The Wall opposite Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and in HBO's film Tour de Pharmacy. His other credits include Daddy's Home, Sisters and Trainwreck. Also serving as the host of American Grit on Fox, Cena will next be seen in Daddy’s Home 2 and Kay Cannon’s The Pact with Leslie Mann.
The Transformers spinoff was originally set to debut on June 8 2018, but has now been pushed back to December 21, the same day Jason Momoa's King of Atlantis swims into theaters.