"Bumblebee" will be getting his turn in the spotlight next Christmas.
The "Transformers" spinoff has a new release date: December 21, 2018 (moved back from June). The movie is being directed by Travis Knight ("Kubo and the Two Strings"), who makes his live-action helming debut.
Paramount also announced the cast, headlined by WWE star John Cena and Hailee Steinfeld. Pamela Aldon, Stephen Schenider, Jorge Lendeborg Jr., Jason Drucker, Kenneth Choi, Ricardo Hoyos, Abby Quinn, Rachel Crow, and Grace Dzienny also appear.
Here's the official synopsis:
On the run in the year 1987, Bumblebee finds refuge in a junkyard in a small Californian beach town. Charlie (Hailee Steinfeld), on the cusp of turning 18 and trying to find her place in the world, discovers Bumblebee, battle-scarred and broken. When Charlie revives him, she quickly learns this is no ordinary, yellow VW bug.
The "Bumblebee" spinoff is the first in what Paramount hopes becomes a "Transformers" Cinematic Universe, in the vein of what Marvel and DC Comics have done. The recent "Transformers: The Last Knight" opened last month and has earned $568.9 million worldwide.
With the Dec. 21, 2018 release date, "Bumblebee" will now go up against Warner Bros. "Aquaman."