The Transformers spinoff Bumblebee just found its male lead. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jorge Lendeborg Jr. will star opposite Hailee Steinfeld, who will play an after-school mechanic, in the film. No details about Lendeborg Jr.’s role have yet been released.
Lendeborg Jr. doesn’t have very many credits to his name just yet, though he did appear in Spider-Man: Homecoming as Jason, Betty Brant’s morning show co-host at Midtown High. He is also slated to appear in James Cameron’s Alita: Battle Angel, as well as a YA project called Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda.
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 Bumblebee film will be less of a globe-spanning epic, and more of a character-driven story focusing on the relationship between the titular Autobot and its leading lady. The tone will be light, and skew towards a younger age group. Since it is set in the ’80s, it’ll have nods to the original Transformers cartoon; after all, Bumblebee has been confirmed to appear in his classic Volkswagen Beetle form in the film, just as he did on the classic animated show.
Directed by Travis Knight — known for family-friendly fair as the lead animator and CEO of Laika Entertainment and director of Kubo and the Two Strings — with a script by Christina Hodson, Bumblebee is expected to begin filming later this year for a projected 2018 release.
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