The first Transformers spin-off arrives later this year, with the iconic yellow VW Beetle taking center stage in the ’80s-set Bumblebee. Following the new footage that was revealed at San Diego Comic-Con last month, a new poster has arrived.
The poster is simple and stylish. It shows Bumblebee sitting against a night sky, with the lights of a town behind him and lead character Charlie Watson (Hailee Steinfeld) looking up at him. Check it out below:
Bumblebee also features WWE star John Cena, 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 hits theaters on December 21–check out the first Bumblebee trailer here.
Although Bumblebee will be with us in a few months, the future of the franchise beyond its release is unclear. When the movie 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 has been removed entirely from Paramount’s schedules.
This follows the rumors back in February 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.
In related news, at SDCC, GameSpot spoke to John Warden, Senior Design Manager for Hasbro’s Transformers line about creating the new Bumblebee toy. “This is a softer approach to Bee, both physically and emotionally,” explained Warden. “He’s made up of parts of a Volkswagen Beetle, the classic car. This was done deliberately to kind of allow the characters to emote in a more tender way with Bumblebee. Some of the versions of Bumblebee over the years have been very angular, complicated, lots of jagged edges.”