The fan-favorite yellow Autobot reverts to classic form in the first official image from Bumblebee: The Movie.
Debuting in Empire Magazine, the photo from the upcoming Transformers spinoff shows stars Hailee Steinfeld opening the door of a Volkswagen Beetle.
The still is no doubt a welcome sight to longtime fans, as Bumblebee’s car form was depicted as a VW Beetle throughout a bulk of the franchise’s history. It wasn’t until his jump to live-action, with director Michael Bay’s 2007 film Transformers, that the robot in disguise was converted into a Chevy Camaro.
Bumblebee’s classic form was first teased in June by Transformers producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura, who said, “You might even see a VW [Volkswagen] Bug. You never know.”
Directed by Travis Knight (Kubo and the Two Strings), Bumblebee is set in 1987, 20 years before the events of the first Transformers, where the Autobot has taken refuge in a junkyard. There’s a teen girl soon learns he isn’t just another VW Beetle.
“It’s the story of a 17-, 18-year-old girl who, through a series of events, she and Bumblebee find each other, and they make each other whole,” di Bonaventura explained. “Bumblebee’s a very loving character. He’s got a lot of heart, so of course the idyllic life of these two is interrupted by the evil Decepticons. And how are they going to be able to deal with the problem without Optimus and without everybody else?”
Opening Dec. 21, 2018, Bumblebee: The Movie also stars John Cena, Jorge Lendeborg Jr., Rachel Crow and Pamela Adlon.
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