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It’s [his] time, ladies and gentlenerds.
John Cena has gone ahead and bagged himself a lead role within the Transformers spin-off Bumblebee movie – yay?
The 15-time world champion and Hailee Steinfeld lead out a young cast, which includes Jorge Lendeborg, Jason Drucker, Abby Quinn, Rachel Crow, Ricardo Hoyos and Gracie Dzienny.
The spin-off movie will focus on that insufferable Autobot, Bumblebee, with the story being apparently set in 1987, where Bumblebee finds refuge in a junkyard in a small California beach town. Charlie (played by Steinfeld) is on the cusp of turning 18, and naturally at that difficult time in one’s life where she’s trying to find her place in the world. She discovers Bumblebee, beaten and partially broken, and attempts to restore him to his yellow and black best.
She quickly finds out that this is no ordinary Volkswagon Beetle, however.
A while ago – here, to be precise – we covered how Transformers: The Last Knight would be the last Michael Bay Transformers movie, and how the next movie in the franchise (Bumblebee) would be directed by Travis Knight, whose previous work includes Kubo and the Two Strings. Knight will be manning the fortress using a script by Christina Hodson of Shut In fame.
Reports say that the Bumblebee movie will be the 1st in establishing a wider Transformers Cinematic Universe (because, apparently, we need yet another one of them) that go on to include prequels and offshoots from the core movie franchise – a franchise which, over the course of 4 movies, generated no less than $3.7 billion worldwide, by the way!
Whilst Travis Knight is onboard as director, and Christina Hodson is the scriptwriter, Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Steven Spielberg, Brian Goldner, Mark Vahradian, and Chris Brigham will all serve as either producers or executive producers – which means there’s a heck of a lot of execs on board for one movie. Maybe they just really want to make sure it does well.
The man of the hour though, is John Cena, who is best known for his 15+ years as a WWE superstar, becoming a household name, internet sensation, self-generating meme source, and the holder of the record of most wishes granted by a single individual for the Make A Wish foundation (to date, he has granted in excess of 500 different wishes and counting). Outside of all of that work, Cena is already etching out a notable acting career that includes roles in Doug Liman’s The Wall opposite Aaron Taylor-Johnson, in HBO’s film Tour de Pharmacy, as well as roles in Daddy’s Home, Sisters and Trainwreck.
John Cena normally spouts out that his opponents “Can’t See Me”, but with a resumé that is already that full, it’s definitely hard to ignore him. No word yet on exactly what Cena’s role in Bumblebee will be, but he could be the spin-off’s equivalent of Josh Duhamel’s character from the core films – just a guess, of course.