Over the years, the WWE Universe has seen 16-time World Champion John Cena share the screen with some of the biggest names in professional wrestling like Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, The Undertaker, The Rock, CM Punk, Daniel Bryan, AJ Styles, and (as of this week) Shinsuke Nakamura. And thanks to his budding acting career, he’s also appeared in films and TV shows alongside some of Hollywood’s best and brightest such as Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Amy Schumer, Chris Pratt, and even Fred Flintstone. But now the leader of the Cenation looks to have found a co-star that might also use his signature “You can’t see me!” catchphrase.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Cena has been brought on to the cast of ‘Bumblebee’, the upcoming ‘Transformers’ spinoff directed by ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ helmer Travis Knight from a script by Christina Hodson of ‘Shut In’. He joins a very young and diverse cast featuring Hailee Steinfeld, Jorge Lendeborg, Jason Drucker, Abby Quinn, Rachel Crow, Ricardo Hoyos, and Gracie Dzienny as they journey back to the 80s for the prequel to Michael Bay’s popular robots in disguise franchise. While details regarding the WWE Superstar’s starring role are currently unknown, Paramount did release a brand new synopsis for the movie with the news of Cena’s casting:
“On the run in the year 1987, Bumblebee finds refuge in a junkyard in a small Californian 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.”
Based on this brief plot description, one might be able to infer a few potential roles for the WWE’s franchise player. Considering the age of Steinfeld’s character, it’s very possible that Cena could play her father. He could also be connected to the junkyard that Bumblebee uses as a refuge. A slightly less likely possibility is that Cena was the one that left the lovable Autobot in the state of disarray that Charlie finds him in. The role might even be some kind of combination of the three for all we know. But no matter what the part entails, let’s hope that Cena gets to show off more of his comedic chops that were able to steal many scenes in ‘Trainwreck’, ‘Sisters’, and ‘Daddy’s Home’.
What do you think about John Cena joining the cast of ‘Bumblebee’? Do you think that he’ll be a good addition to the ‘Transformers’ film franchise? And what part do you think he’ll play in the upcoming prequel? Let us know in the comments.
‘Bumblebee’ starring Hailee Steinfeld, John Cena, Jorge Lendeborg, Jason Drucker, Abby Quinn, Rachel Crow, Ricardo Hoyos, and Gracie Dzienny mobilizes on December 21, 2018.