I mean, could John Cena get any cooler? Firstly, he’s wowed us with his incredible (and slightly alarming) wrestling skills. Then, he released a rap album – yes, that really happened. He’s also made us swoon when he proposed to Nikki Bella at Wrestlemania 33 this year. And now he’s taking over the world as a Hollywood actor. And if that wasn’t enough, he’s now joined the cast of Transformers! Can we be best friends?
Ever since the franchise was launched in 2007, we’ve been pretty darn obsessed with the transforming robots/cars (what else do you need in life?) and have followed every single movie. Now, the sixth installment in the Transformers franchise, Bumblebee, has officially been confirmed, with a release date of December 21, 2018. Yassssss.
But it’s not just the release date that has got us excited. Paramount has also confirmed that a new (and pretty hunky) face will be joining the cast – the one and only John Cena.
Cena will be joined by True Grit and Pitch Perfect 2 star, Hailee Steinfeld, as well as Jorge Lendeborg, Jason Drucker, Gracie Dzienny and Richard Hoyos and will be directed by Travis Knight, who made his directorial debut last year with the epic animation, Kubo and the Two Strings.
Alongside this new cast update, Paramount has also released Bumblebee’s synopsis.
On the run in the year 1987, Bumblebee finds refuge in a junkyard in a small Californian beach town. Charlie, on the cusp of turning 18 and trying to find her place in the world, discovers Bumblebee, battle-scarred and broke. When Charlie revives him, she quickly learns this is no ordinary, yellow VW Bug.
Oooooh. Although we love the Transformers franchise, we’re even more excited about this movie, considering producer Lorenzo Di Bonaventura promises it will be completely different to all of the other installments.
It’s a more intimate movie. It’s a little bit like Iron Giant which I worked on many years ago. It’s a smaller story it’s still about these larger issues, the same sort of titanic clashes occur. But it’s a female lead, the relationship she and Bumblebee is very different than what we’ve seen before. And so I think people are going to love the intimacy of that movie in contrast to some of the big [moments.]
We’re so ready. Bumblebee will also stand alone, as it marks the first movie within Paramount’s hopeful Transformers spin-off universe. So there will definitely be more to come…