Bumblebee, the first spinoff in Michael Bay's Transformers franchise, may have just gotten a little star power. According to Variety, The Edge of Seventeen star Hailee Steinfeld is in talks to star in the film. There are no details about the role Steinfeld would play.
Penned by Christina Hodson, the Bumblebee spinoff will mark the first spinoff from Michael Bay’s Transformers universe. The next film, Transformers: The Last Knight, will hit theaters in June. It’ll also mark the first live-action film for director Travis Knight, who has also worked on films such as ParaNorman and Coraline prior to making his directing debut with last year’s Kubo And The Two Strings.
Steinfeld is best known for her role in True Grit, for which she was nominated for an Oscar. Since then, she has appeared in films like Pitch Perfect, Ender's Game and more.
Although the Bumblebee spinoff is the only spinoff film officially announced, it was revealed last year that there is still the potential for other projects as well, as producer Steven Spielberg saw potential in five of the nine treatments developed by the writers’ room.
The Transformers franchise has proven to be a viable one for Paramount, with the last four films amassing over an astonishing $3 billion at the worldwide box office. The fifth Transformers film, Transformers: The Last Knight, was directed by Michael Bay and is set to hit theaters on June 23. The untitled Bumblebee spinoff is set for 2018.