The latest trailer for Bumblebee has arrived. The movie is the first spin-off from the Transformers series, and it focuses on the early adventures of the much-loved Volkswagen Beetle Autobot. It stars Hailee Steinfeld and WWE star John Cena and hits theaters in December.
The new trailer is a lot more plot-focused than the previous teaser, released back in June. It’s set in California in the 1980s, with Steinfeld playing a young woman who finds Bumblebee in a trash heap. The pair start to bond, but of course there is in danger in shape of Decepticons, who are looking to destroy Bumblebee. Along the way we see appearances from other classic Transformers–all in their original ’80s designs–plus Cena as a gruff Government agent. Check it out above.
Bumblebee also stars Jorge Lendeborg (Spider-Man: Homecoming), Jason Drucker (Diary of Wimpy Kid), Ricardo Hoyos (The Belko Experiment), and Gracie Dzienny (Chasing Life). It’s directed by Travis Knight, who previously helmed the Oscar-nominated animated movie Kubo And The Two Strings. It is released on December 21.
In terms of other Transformers movies, the future of the franchise remains uncertain. When Bumblebee was first announced, it was supposed to be the first in an ongoing spin-off universe of Transformers movies. However, last year’s Transformers: The Last Knight was a financial disappointment compared to the previous four films. As a result, the Transformers movie originally scheduled for 2019 was removed entirely from Paramount’s schedules.
This follows the rumors back in February this year that Habsro, the toy manufacturer which owns the rights to Transformers, is planning to reboot the whole franchise. It was also reported that a new agreement with Paramount means that Hasbro will have greater control over the property, including greenlighting movie projects.