Paramount Pictures released the first teaser-trailer for “Bumblebee” this morning, the spinoff is scheduled to hit theaters later this winter and will star Hailee Steinfeld and John Cena. Fans of the ongoing robot-franchise can watch the short video below.
The official launch date for “Bumblebee” is December 21st, which is already an overstuffed box-office weekend. “Bumblebee” is opening against FOX’s CG installment “Alita: Battle Angel,” the Warner Bros. Pictures’ DC adventure “Aquaman” and the Will Ferrell & John C. Reilly comedy “Holmes & Watson”. These films will have even more competition the following weekend, as Disney is set to debut the musical “Mary Poppins Returns“. It will be interesting to see which of the heavyweights wins the weekend, assuming that Universal Pictures’ “Mortal Engines” or “Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse (3D)” doesn’t repeat a win from the previous week.
Paramount Pictures‘ “Transformers” franchise has proven its metal before, crushing other films in the past on opening weekend. The first installment in the franchise grossed $319M domestically before reaching $709M globally; and the sequel made $402M domestically before topping $836M worldwide. “Transformers 3” was the first film in the franchise to break $1B worldwide and “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” finished its theatrical run with a $1.12B gross. “Transformers: Age of Extinction” also hit the $1B mark, but failed to keep the upward trend going: that’s probably why we are in spinoff mode. “Bumblebee” will have to hit $1.3B to top the Transformers chart.
The new trailer puts the focus on story, a departure from the usually over-the-top action sequences that Michael Bay has made a staple in other “Transformers” films. Fans of the franchise can get a glimpse of the girl and the machine in the video below.
Getting back to “Bumblebee,” the film was directed by Travis Knight, and Executive Produced by Steven Spielberg, Brian Goldner, Mark Vahradian, and Chris Brigham. Joining Steinfeld and Cena in the film are Jorge Lendeborg Jr., John Ortiz, Jason Drucker, Pamela Adlon, and Stephen Schneider.