The upcoming ‘Transformers’ prequel, ‘Bumblebee,’ will offer fans of the franchise a different look at the characters who don’t go around turning themselves into semi-trucks! While the famous yellow Autobot will be front and center in the film, a new featurette is here to prove that the human characters will play just as big a role.
The new featurette from Paramount Pictures spotlights the characters played by Hailee Steinfeld and John Cena. ‘Bumblebee’ will tell the story of Charlie Watson (Steinfeld), a teenager who discovers Bumblebee as a beat-up Volkswagen Beetle, and soon discovers what he really is. The two strike an unlikely friendship, bonding over the fact that they are both outsiders.
In the featurette, director Travis Knight spoke about their relationship, saying:
“One of the things we tried to establish is how much these two are mirrors of each other.”
Steinfeld also speaks about her character’s relationship to the robot, saying:
“Bumblebee helps her discover things about herself and becomes more like a best friend. Bee would do anything to save Charlie. You can see with just a look between the two of them how much she cares and how much he cares.”
In the film, Cena plays the villain, Agent Burns. Burns is the leader of Sector 7, the government agency which takes a major role in the later Transformers movies. He has a personal score to settle with Bumblebee and will stop at nothing to hunt him down.
Knight spoke about Cena’s character in the featurette, saying:
“This guy is a pillar of strength and once he finds his prey, he will pursue it doggedly.”
Check out the featurette below!
On the run in the year 1987, Bumblebee the Autobot seeks refuge in a junkyard in a small California beach town. Charlie, on the brink of turning 18 years old and trying to find her place in the world, soon discovers the battle-scarred and broken Bumblebee. When Charlie revives him, she quickly learns that this is no ordinary yellow Volkswagen.
‘Bumblebee’ opens in theaters on December 21 and also stars Jorge Lendeborg Jr., John Ortiz, Jason Drucker, and Pamela Adlon, with Dylan O’Brien, Peter Cullen, Angela Bassett and Justin Theroux in voice roles.