In a Deadline exclusive Thursday, it was revealed that John Ortiz will be joining the cast of Bumblebee — Paramount’s spinoff of Transformers. Ortiz stars with Hailee Steinfeld and John Cena in a film that will also see Peter Cullen reprise his role as Optimus Prime.
Though not too much is known of the project, Paramount did release a synopsis for the upcoming film. The Transformers spinoff will seemingly be taking a back-to-basics approach — a much different take than the grand scale of the films as of late. Michael Bay is still attached as a producer, along with Lorenzo Di Bonaventura and Steven Spielberg as well as Hasbro’s Brian Goldner and Stephen Davis.
Bumblebee could win back fans and critics alike in what would be a needed breath of fresh air in the franchise. Check out the synopsis below:
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.”
Directed by Travis Knight, Bumblebee will also star Pamela Adlon, Kenneth Choi and Stephen Schneider.
Bumblebee is scheduled to be released in theaters on Dec. 21, 2018.
7 Ways The Marvel Cinematic Universe Can Improve
Marvel Studios has changed the way that superhero films are being structured and looked upon. They have created a series of incredibly successful films under their umbrella and moved into television with several great shows (especially over on Netflix), making them a force to be reckoned with. However, Marvel has kind of become a little too comfortable when it comes to things like taking risks.
While Marvel’s films still get great reviews and are really entertaining for the most part, they also feel like safe bets. The Marvel Cinematic Universe films don’t really feel separate and there are things the studio can do to improve upon their already-winning formula. There are many things they can reach for and it’s a great time to look at these things as we move towards the release of Thor: Ragnarok, as well as next year’s Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War and Ant-Man and the Wasp.
Here are 7 ways the Marvel Cinematic Universe can improve. Click Next to continue.