The Hollywood Reporter has revealed WWE superstar John Cena has joined the cast of the first-ever Transformers spinoff Bumblebee in a lead role.
Character details on Cena’s role remain under wraps but the plot has just been revealed. Bumblebee will be a prequel that will focus on fan-favorite Autobot in the 1980s. The film stars Hailee Steinfeld as a tomboy that holds a job as a mechanic after school who forms a connection with the lovable fan favorite Autobot. When their lives are interrupted by evil Decepticons, the two have to figure out how to manage without Optimus Prime and the rest of the Autobots.
In addition to Steinfeld, Cena joins Jorge Lendeborg Jr. (Spider-Man: Homecoming), Jason Drucker (Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul), Abby Quinn (Landline), Rachel Crow (Rio 2), Ricardo Hoyos (Degrassi: Next Class) and Gracie Dzienny (Chasing Life).
Kubo and the Two Strings director and CEO of Laika Studios Travis Knight is set to direct the project from a script penned by Christina Hodson (Shut In). Transformers director Michael Bay will return to produce Bumblebee with Steven Spielberg and Lorenzo Di Bonaventura, as well as Hasbro’s Brian Goldner and Stephen Davis.
Bumblebee is currently slated to hit theaters December 21, 2018.
10 Saturday Morning Cartoons That Could Make Successful Movies
If the Smurfs or Transformers movies have taught us anything, old Saturday morning cartoons are the new grade-A meat for the movie studios. Cartoons can be turned into animated movies, just look at the success of the Spongebob Squarepants movies, but they can also make successful live-action adaptations. Well, with Power Rangers coming out soon, an idea so silly it might as well have been a Saturday morning cartoon it’s time for studio execs to take a look at some of these hidden classics. There’s clearly a lot of money to be made adapting beloved children franchises.
I want to point out a key word to all of you guys in case you get mad at my list. I don’t necessarily know if all of these cartoons could make good movies, but I’m pretty sure they could turn a profit and be considered successful. Some of these can be enjoyable and they’re ones you might not necessarily expect. If I forgot about your favorite Saturday morning cartoon, head to the comment section and let me know!
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