Paramount's first spinoff in the Transformers cinematic universe, Bumblebee, eyes Hailee Steinfeld for the human lead. Steinfeld has been on the radar since her roles in True Grit and Ender's Game, but has recently become a much bigger name by joining the Pitch Perfect franchise as well as getting awards buzz for her performance in The Edge of Seventeen. It was only a matter of time before a rising female star as herself found a new franchise to plant her feet, and it may come courtesy of the Transformers universe.
Paramount will soon debut the fifth installment in the franchise, but next up will be their first spinoff film in this universe - and it's set to star everyone's favorite yellow Camaro. As Bumblebee has a problem speaking, it would be rather difficult for him to be the lead of his own film and would truly break the mold for a human lead to not accompany him, and that may be Steinfeld.
Variety is reporting that Hailee Steinfeld is currently in talks to land the lead human role in Bumblebee. While the original report could not detail the specifics of Steinfeld's possible character, THR has revealed a brief description stating she "will play a tomboy who also holds a job as a mechanic after school." The project is slated to hit theaters next year and will start filming later this year.
Should Steinfeld's deal close for her to lead the picture, she will be another intriguing addition to Bumblebee's solo movie. It was previously announced that Kubo and the Two Strings director Travis Knight will be making the jump to live-action for this film. He and Steinfeld should bring a new perspective to the Transformers franchise and give audiences something different following Transformers: The Last Knight.
Plot details for Bumblebee have not yet been disclosed and it may not be until The Last Knight hits theaters that this spinoff gains a clearer tone and vision. Bumblebee has repeatedly been shown going one on one with Optimus Prime in the marketing for The Last Knight, so he could end the upcoming film drastically damaged and in need of repair (possibly where Steinfeld would come in) or in a new position of power. The former could be more realistic and allow for a smaller film that Paramount is looking for, while also being part of The Last Knight's connections to future spinoffs.
Regardless, should Steinfeld end up being Bumblebee's new caregiver and he be her protector, she will mark the third human Bumblebee has a similar relationship with so far in the franchise. After three films with Shia LaBeouf's Sam Witwicky and one (soon to be two) with Mark Wahlberg's Cade Yeager, it appears Bumblebee will be looking for a new driver and Steinfeld could be a great choice.
- Transformers 5/Transformers: The Last Knight (2017) release date: Jun 21, 2017
- Bumblebee (2018) release date: Dec 21, 2018