The Transformers franchise has been hit and miss at the box office over the past few movies.
Originally premiering in July of 2007, Michael Bay’s vision of Autobots Vs. Decepticons, battling on Earth was a welcomed one and the box office numbers reflected that with $319.2 million from US theaters alone.
As of 2017’s ‘Transformers: The Last Knight’ grossed $130.2 million here in the US, which, believe it or not, is the lowest grossing Transformers film to date.
With that being said, Paramount is hoping to breathe new life into the rusty franchise.
The movie ‘Bumblebee’ will be hitting theaters Christmas of 2018 and stars multi-award winning actress Hailee Steinfeld, who has starred in the ‘Pitch Perfect’ series, 2010’s ‘True Grit’ remake and several other notable films. Not to mention a successful musical career.
The film takes place back in 1987 and in the film, Steinfeld plays, ‘Charlie Watson’ who comes across our dear Autobot, Bumblebee and befriends him.
Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura has already made comparisons of the film ‘Bumblebee’to the iconic 1999 film, ‘The Iron Giant’ where a wayward robot befriends a little boy.
#JohnCena’s character is named ‘Agent Burns’ who makes a brief cameo in the movie trailer which you can watch here:
The trailer was posted on Paramount’s youtube page on June 5th.
The guess is that ‘Agent Burns’ is part of the Government branch of Sector 7, which is a staple of the Transformers franchise, and will perhaps explain its origins.
The only problem is that the current Transformer movies make no mention of Bumblebee’s misadventures here on Earth before the 2007 Transformers movie, so, why ‘Charlie’ & ‘Agent Burns’ are not in the canon of the films is not yet known.
Transformers: Bumblebee hits theaters December of 2018