At CinemaCon, Director Michael Bay screened new footage from his upcoming movie "Transformers: The Last Knight." While a few clips were shown throughout the event, a bit about Bumblebee stood out in particular.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Anthony Hopkins’s character reveals that he met Bumblebee back when we was a boy in one of these clips. This suggests that either Bumblebee has been on Earth for much longer than was originally believed, or that he has come to the planet on more than one occasion.
Since Paramount has plans to build a spinoff film around the heroic Autobot, it makes sense his character would receive a boost in "The Last Knight." The as-yet-untitled "Bumblebee" spinoff, which has tapped “Kubo And The Two Strings'” Travis Knight to direct, is scheduled for a June 8, 2018 release.
“Transformers: The Last Knight” sets the stage for the planned expansion of the $3.78 billion franchise, which includes another "Transformers" sequel in 2019 and a possible origin movie for the warring Autobots and Decepticons.
Opening June 23, “Transformers: The Last Knight” stars franchise veterans Mark Wahlberg, Stanley Tucci, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson and John Turturro, joined by newcomers Isabela Moner, Liam Garrigan, Jerrod Carmichael, Mitch Pileggi, Laura Haddock, Santago Cabrera and Anthony Hopkins.