Paramount on Monday confirmed the release date of Transformers spinoff Bumblebee, putting it head-to-head against Jason Momoa’s Aquaman on December 21, 2018. The studio also announced the casting of John Cena, a large human who you always figured was destined for a starring role in the franchise.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Bumblebee will take place in 1987, where a young woman named Charlie (Hailee Steinfeld) comes across the titular character in a California junkyard.
The story is set in the year 1987, where Bumblebee find refuge in a junkyard in a small California beach town. Charlie (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 will be the franchise’s first live-action spinoff, arriving more than a year after Michael Bay’s Transformers: The Last Knight. The good news is Bumblebee won’t be directed by Bay, but instead be helmed by Travis Knight, the CEO of Laika and director of the excellent Kubo and the Two Strings.
If all goes according to plan, the film will be the beginning of a larger expanded universe, with more Transformers movies planned that focus on a single character.
As for landing against Aquaman, that’s certainly a big movie to take on head-to-head. The Hollywood Reporter says production on Bumblebee began this week ahead of its release at the end of next year.