Well, here it is! Paramount Pictures gives us a first look at the upcoming “Bumblebee” movie.
Twenty years before the events of the first film, in 1987, Bumblebee takes refuge in a small California beach town junkyard, where a teenage girl named Charlie Watson takes him in. However, the two of them soon find themselves hunted by a Government Agency known as Sector Seven, lead by Agent Burns. As they run from society, the two learn that Bee isn’t the only Transformer on Earth, and that the others might not be as friendly.
Right away, the movie is meant to be more friendly than the previous films. There are feels of nostalgia for older fans as Bumblebee has his VW beetle form as seen in the original animated series, as well as Starscream’s original F-15 Eagle fighter jet mode. Ironically, the movie is set in 1987, the same year that animated series ended. From the mood set by the trailer, this movie will take a more light hearted approach with Bumblebee trying to communicate with Charlie Watson while finding his place on Earth. I already like the premise of “Bumblebee” because it puts him back into that “cuddly” state most fans are familiar with and the female lead isn’t over sexualized like Meg Fox in the first two live films. Plus, this marks the first Transformers film that is not directed by Michael Bay. (Yay!)
Bumblebee stars Hailee Steinfeld as Charlie Watson and John Cena as Agent Burns. Iconic voice actor Peter Cullen has a role in this film but it is undisclosed at this time. (Like we don’t know already who it is.) Taking over directorial duties is Travis Knight, who directed the stop-motion animated film “Kubo and the Two Strings.” Bumblebee arrives in theaters December 21, 2018.