The Bumblebee Spinoff Transformers Film Casts Lead

Everyone’s favorite yellow camaro Transformer Bumblebee is getting his own movie.  This is old news for the most part, but after the release of the 5th film in the Michael Bay Transformers franchise, the project gaining some momentum.

Despite not hitting the box office numbers of the previous Transformers films, Transformers: The Last Knight did hit slightly higher critical satisfaction than the previous films.  One of the highlights being (as it usually is) the loyal yellow and black camaro everybody loves, Bumblebee.  His speaking-in-radio-tongues dialog apparently enough to convince studio heads what the fans REALLY want is a B solo movie.


Jorge Lendeborg Jr.

Today it was announced that Jorge Lendeborg Jr. (Brigsby Bear, Spider-Man: Homecoming) will star in the upcoming not yet titled Bumblebee spinoff film.  While we don’t know anything about the character he may be playing yet, we do know that Lendeborg Jr. just finished work on James Cameron‘s upcoming Battle Angel Alita film. Chances are he’ll be a human, and not another Transformer.

Hailee Steinfeld from her Rolling Stone feature

Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit, Edge Of 17) has already been announced as being a part of the cast.  She will play an after-school mechanic, and so far that’s all we know about her character.

The film will take place in the 1980s, and be a prequel to the existing 5 live action Transformers movies. Director Travis Knight (Kubo And The Two Strings) is in the director’s chair for the film, and Stephen Spielberg will be producing.

Something interesting about this Bumblebee film announced this morning is that it’ll be shooting in California, something that hasn’t been happening nearly as often for big Hollywood blockbusters.  This is happening largely because of the help of a $22-million tax credit being awarded to the production by the State of California. The LA Times went on to say the film is reportedly going to shoot entirely in the golden state, and this credit surpasses the most recent awarded amount of $18-million that went to Ava Duvernay‘s A Wrinkle In Time.

It’s probably too early to think about a release date for the film, but early reports say sometime in 2018.

About Mary Anne Butler

Bleeding Cool News Editor Mary Anne Butler (Mab, for short) has been part of the fast-paced world of journalism since she was 15, getting her start in album reviews and live concert coverage for a nationally published (print) music magazine. She eventually transitioned to online media, writing for such sites as UGO/IGN, ComicsOnline, Geek Magazine, Ace of Geeks, Aggressive Comix (where she is still Editor-in-Chief), and most recently Bleeding Cool.

Over the past 10 years, she’s built a presence at conventions across the globe as a cosplayer (occasionally), photographer (constantly), panelist and moderator (mostly), and reporter (always).

Interviews, reviews, observations, breaking news, and objective reporting are the name of the game for the founder of Harkonnen Knife Fight, a Dune-themed band with an international presence.

Though she be but little, she is fierce. #MabTheProfessional

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