‘Bumblebee’ Teaser Trailer and Poster Offer a Fresh Look at the Popular Character

Paramount’s unveiled the first teaser trailer and poster for the Transformers prequel/spinoff, Bumblebee. The sci-fi action film focuses on the transforming yellow Volkswagen Beetle and is set in the 1980s.

This Transformers is the first of Paramount’s blockbuster franchise that isn’t directed by Michael Bay. Instead, Laika Entertainment CEO Travis Knight (director of Kubo and the Two Strings) took the helm for his first live-action film. The prequel is also the first of the series to be set in the ’80s and has a different sort of playful feel to it than most Transformers movies, other than the original film.

Hailee Steinfeld (Edge of Seventeen), Pamela Adlon (Better Things), John Cena (Trainwreck), Stephen Schneider (Broad City), Jorge Lendeborg Jr. (Spider-Man: Homecoming), Jason Drucker (Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul), John Ortiz (The Cloverfield Paradox), Kenneth Choi (American Crime Story), Ricardo Hoyos (DeGrassi: Next Class), Abby Quinn (The Sisterhood of the Night), Rachel Crow (Deidra & Laney Rob a Train), and Grace Dzienny (Zoo) star in the 2018 action movie inspired by the Hasbro toys.

Michael Bay and Lorenzo di Bonaventura produced Bumblebee, with Steven Spielberg, Brian Goldner, Chris Brigham, and Mark Vahradian executive producing. Paramount Pictures has set a December 21, 2018 theatrical release date.

The Transformers franchise launched in 2007 with Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox in starring roles. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen followed in 2009 and Transformers: Dark of the Moon was released in 2011. Arriving in 2014, Transformers: Age of Extinction found Mark Wahlberg taking over the starring role from LaBeouf. Wahlberg returned to star in 2017’s Transformers: The Last Knight.

The Plot: 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.

Bumblebee Movie Poster
Poster for the sci-fi action film, ‘Bumblebee.’ (Poster Courtesy of Paramount Pictures)