It’s John Cena! WWE Wrestler Joins Cast of Bumblebee Movie
WWE superstar and actor John Cena is going to play a role in the Transformers spin-off movie, Bumblebee. He’ll be joined by Academy Award nominee Hailee Steinfeld, Jorge Lendeborg, Jason Drucker, Abby Quinn, Rachel Crow, Ricardo Hoyos, and Gracie Dzienny.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Cena’s will be playing unspecified lead or supporting role. The main focus of the film will be 20-year-old Hailee Steinfeld whose most notable roles were in True Grit, Pitch Perfect 2, and Ender’s Game.
The Bumblebee movie will not be a sequel to the main Transformer movies, but a prequel. The film will be set in the 1980s and is expected to have a lighter, Iron Giant inspired story written by Christina Hodson (Unforgettable). The movie will be directed by Travis Knight (Kubo and the Two Strings).
Here’s the official synopsis from Paramount:
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.
Why’s it always gotta be a VW Bug? Girls can drive sporty cars too, y’know. I’d say that it could also be a Mini Cooper (they’re better stunt cars), but I’m pretty sure they didn’t exist in the ’80s.
According to Transformers producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura, the Bumblebee film is supposed to scale back from the Michael Bay-ness that tends to overtake the main series — most notably the heavy spectacle of CGI. Instead, the story will be more “intimate.”
I think Bumblebee is an incredibly loved character. You pick (director) Travis Knight for a very specific reason. His movies are pretty extraordinary, Kubo and the Two Strings in particular. What we’re trying to do is deliver, a love story may be too strong of a term, but it is a coming of age for Bumblebee and our lead character, Hailee Steinfeld. The two of them, their job in the movie is to support each other to get to the place where they both fully realize who they are in that moment. It’s a very different kind of story. That plot is there, but it’s very muted, relative to the larger Transformers movies.
As we said before, we don’t know exactly where Cena fits into all of this. Maybe he’ll be Charlie’s über muscular dad? Considering his huge support for the troops, Transformers‘ “low-key” function as a military recruitment ad, and the Autobots’ secret history on Earth (see Transformers: The Last Knight), Cena might even be an über muscular soldier. Or both. Who knows?
Going back to the movie’s description, it sounds like a true family-friendly film and not just melted brain candy. Will you be seeing this one? Wait…I had something for this…. Something about John Cena and you can’t see him…. Damn it! It’s gone.
Paramount moved the Bumblebee movie from its original June 2018 release date to to December 21, 2018, putting the film opposite Warner Bros.’ Aquaman.