• 2018
  • US
  • 1h 53min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Travis Knight
  • Cast: Hailee Steinfeld, John Cena, Jorge Lendeborg Jr., John Ortiz, Jason Drucker, Pamela Adlon

In 80s California, Charlie (Steinfeld) is a grieving teenage auto mechanic who finds a broken-down VW Beetle which turns out to be Autobot B-127. Knight’s Transformers prequel injects much needed charm and fun into the franchise, with a nice bond between Bee and Charlie, and even the robot fights have wit and precision.

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On the run in the year of 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 broken.

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Bumblebee sequels will continue on emotional path

18 Mar 2019

Film gossip

'Transformers' producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura wants the 'Bumblebee' spin-off sequels to have more "emotion". The most recent film in Michael Bay's sci-fi action series about giant alien warring robots is a prequel – directed by Travis Knight – focusing…

John Cena joined Bumblebee to show off acting ability

3 Jan 2019

Film gossip

John Cena joined 'Bumblebee' to show he has a "little more dimension" in his acting. The WWE star-and-actor stars as the evil Sector 7 agent Jack Burns in the 'Transformers' franchise movie, which hit cinema screens last month, and he enjoyed being able…

Bumblebee writer hopes film will inspire young women

3 Jan 2019

Film gossip

'Bumblebee' writer Christina Hodson hopes Hailee Steinfeld's character, Charlie Watson, will inspire young women to get involved with engineering. Christina admits one of her wishes for the movie is that girls will watch the adventures of Charlie and…

Travis Knight has plans for Bumblebee sequel

27 Dec 2018

Film gossip

Travis Knight already has ideas for a 'Bumblebee' sequel. The 45-year-old actor helmed the 'Transformers' franchise movie which hit cinema screens earlier this month, and has said that he's already thinking about "what's next" for the main characters…


21 Dec 20184 stars

Travis Knight's charming Transformers prequel course-corrects a franchise out of fuel

Does the Transformers juggernaut have any juice left in the tank? If the answer would have been a firmly exasperated 'no' following director Michael Bay's The Last Knight in 2017, Bumblebee offers a much-needed course-corrective. Shorter, sharper and…

John Cena says Bumblebee reaction has been 'extraordinarily special'

10 Dec 2018

Film gossip

John Cena says the reaction to 'Bumblebee' has been "extraordinarily special". The 41-year-old actor – who stars as evil government Sector 7 agent Jack Burns tasked with capturing the giant robots in disguise in the 'Transformers' spin-off prequel – was…

Hailee Steinfeld praises Bumblebee shoot

6 Dec 2018

Film gossip

Hailee Steinfeld says 'Bumblebee' was one of her best experiences "working on a film". The 21-year-old actress stars as Charlie Watson in the upcoming 'Transformers' prequel – which sees John Cena take on the role as villainous Sector 7 agent Burns…

Dylan O'Brien gives Bumblebee his voice

4 Dec 2018

Film gossip

Dylan O'Brien is providing the voice of Bumbleebee in the character's 'Transformers' spin-off movie. The 27-year-old actor will be voicing the titular Autobot in the upcoming sci-fi action film which will be the first feature in the franchise that shows…

John Cena loved filming Transformers spin-off movie Bumblebee

5 Apr 2018

Film gossip

John Cena found filming the 'Transformers' spin-off movie 'Bumblebee' a challenge but he loved it. The professional wrestler has landed a lead role in the 'Transformers' spin-off movie, which will focus on the yellow and black bot of the same name, and…

John Ortiz joins Bumblebee movie

27 Oct 2017

Film gossip

John Ortiz is set to star in 'The Transformers' spin-off movie 'Bumblebee'. The 49-year-old actor appeared in the 2017 monster movie 'Kong: Skull Island' and is now set to join the 'Transformers' franchise alongside Hailee Steinfeld and John Cena…

John Cena joins Bumblebee

1 Aug 2017

Film gossip

John Cena has joined the cast of 'Bumblebee'. The professional wrestler has landed a lead role in the 'Transformers' spin-off movie, which will focus on the yellow and black bot of the same name, and he will star alongside Hailee Steinfeld. According to…

Hailee Steinfeld confirmed for Bumblebee

27 Jul 2017

Film gossip

Lorenzo di Bonaventura has confirmed Hailee Steinfeld will be the lead character in the 'Transformers' spin-off movie 'Bumblebee'. While Michael Bay, the director of the five 'Transformers' movies, is stepping away from the franchise, studio Paramount…

Lorenzo di Bonaventura says Bumblebee movie has female lead

20 Jun 2017

Film gossip

Lorenzo di Bonaventura confirms the 'Transformers' spin-off movie 'Bumblebee' will have a female-lead. The 59-year-old producer has worked alongside filmmaker Michael Bay on all five of his robot movies and although the director is stepping away from…

Travis Knight to helm Transformers spin-off film Bumblebee

3 Mar 2017

Film gossip

Travis Knight is to direct the Transformers spin-off movie 'Bumblebee'. The 43-year-old animator - who has worked on Oscar-nominated stop-motion animated film 'Kubo And The Two Strings' - is set to helm his first live-action film. The screenplay is from…

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