With the critical and relative financial disappointment of Transformers: the Last Knight in the rear view mirror, Paramount and Hasbro can focus on getting the word out on Bumblebee, the first of their dozens of ideas for spinoffs within the franchise. With Kubo and the Two Strings director Travis Knight set to make his live-action debut and The Edge of Seventeen star Hailee Steinfeld to anchor the cast, the film is set to begin filming in August for a June 2018 release date, so it's about time to add in the supporting cast.
According to Tracking Board, Rachel Crow is in talks for a key role in Bumblebee after her breakout role in Netflix original film Deidra & Laney Rob a Train. There are few details about the role she will play, or what her relationship is to Steinfeld or co-star Jorge Lendeborg Jr.'s characters. We don't even know if she knows Bumblebee himself at the outset of the film, as much is a mystery at this point.
Besides Deidra & Laney, Crow is not known for much. That film premiered at Sundance in January to rave reviews and has been available on Netflix since mid-March. Before that film, she had parts in the animated sequel Rio 2, children's TV shows like DreamWorks and Netflix's Home: Adventures with Tip & Oh and Fred: the Show, and one appearance in an episode of NBC sitcom The Office. Thanks to her talent, she was chosen for a lead role in the spinoff TV movie for ABC's popular sitcom The Goldbergs.
As with the little that's known about Crow's role (or her overall talents and ability to carry a blockbuster), there's an equally absent amount of details available about Bumblebee. We know that Knight will be directing from a script by Christina Hodson, who wrote Naomi Watts horror film Shut In and Katherine Heigl thriller Unforgettable. The film will embrace elements of the original television show, set to take place in the 1980s with a scaled down story from the global destruction adventures of the main Transformers films.
The hope is that removing a lot of the clutter of the dozens of robots and chaos of the other films will streamline Bumblebee, focusing on his capability as an Autobot hero and his relationship with the human characters that he chooses to protect. This will be the first Transformers live-action property not to be directed by Michael Bay, and Bumblebee will give us a chance to see if someone else can make a film in the franchise that satisfies more of a widespread audience.
Source: Tracking Board
- Bumblebee (2018) release date: Dec 21, 2018