Watch: ‘Bumblebee’ trailer is full of emotions and explosions as Travis Knight pays tribute to the 1980s
With Knight taking over as the director, 'Bumblebee' also marks the first Transformers movie without Michael Bay
The 'Transformers' franchise been a huge hit with the fans of the sci-fi movies. There is action, a mystical man-machine bond, and an abundance of emotions. All these boxes are checked in the latest trailer for the upcoming film which will tell the origin story of our beloved yellow racer Bumblebee.
Centered around a robot who cannot speak, the Transformers spin-off releasing later this year will transport fans immediately back to the 1980s, with Bumblebee taking the form of the classic yellow Volkswagen Beetle in the first-look trailer — a form that's quite popular with the fans of the series.
The new Bumblebee movie is set in 1987. On the verge of stepping into adulthood, the story follows Charlie (played by Hailee Steinfeld) on her journey after she discovers the shape-shifting robot in a Californian junkyard.
Upon being repaired and revived by Charlie, though, the VW classic transforms into an ultimate robo, changing Charlie's world forever. Directed by Kubo and the Two Strings director Travis Knight, 'Bumblebee' packs some action and explosions and also takes time out to focus on the unique bond between our transformer and Charlie.
Is it going to be as emotional as the original? Or is this the first romantic man-machine movie? Indeed, in a significant departure and in a true '80s tribute, Knight has used his signature filmmaking to turn the spinoff into an emotion-filled action flick.
With Knight taking over as the director, 'Bumblebee' also marks the first Transformers movie without Michael Bay. But you have no reason to worry as the short trailer packed several nostalgic throwbacks, including the voice of Bobby B, the car dealer from the first installation.
Speaking of retaining the elements of the original, Knight adds, "I wanted to return to the essences of what made the Transformers franchise so impactful right from the beginning: character, emotion, spectacle and explosions, lots and lots of 'explosions.”
'Bumblebee' stars Steinfeld along with John Cena, Jorge Lendeborg Jr, Jason Drucker, Pamela Adlon and Stephen Schneider.
The film hits theaters on December 21.