Heading to cinemas this Christmas, the movie, as its name suggests, focuses on the Autobot character Bumblebee. This time around, Paramount has swapped the explosion-loving Michael Bay, who directed the first five films (from 2007's Transformers to 2017's Transformers: The Last Knight), for LAIKA CEO and Kubo and the Two Strings filmmaker Travis Knight, who makes his live-action directorial debut with Bumblebee. John Cena, Jorge Lendeborg Jr., John Ortiz, Jason Drucker, Pamela Adlon, and Stephen Schneider also star.
As you can tell from this first trailer, which feels more like "A Girl and Her Robot" story than any of Bay's high-octane, often incomprehensible action-packed smash-em-ups, and I'm here for it.
The multi-billion dollar Transformers franchise is finally getting its own spin-off.
Starring Hailee Steinfeld, this is an origin of sorts, since it takes place in the 1980s and deals with the discovery of Bumblebee (one of those heroic Autobots) on a Californian trash heap. "When Charlie revives him, she quickly learns this is no ordinary, yellow VW bug".
Whether audiences still have an appetite for such computer-generated-imaging mayhem won't be known until later this year, as Bumblebee arrives in theaters on December 21.