Hailee Steinfeld in Talks to Lead ‘Transformers’ Spinoff ‘Bumblebee’
The mystery surrounding Steinfeld’s character is in keeping with the project secrecy so far. Not much is known about the film centered on the fan-favorite yellow and black Autobot except that it is intended to be a “lower cost” installment in the Transformers franchise and apparently there was an R-rated “very Quentin” pitch on the table at some point. The current draft of the screenplay emerged from Paramount’s much-discussed Transformers writers room, and was penned by Christina Hodson. The three-time Black List scribe was also recently tapped to write the screenplay for the Warner Bros./DC film, Birds of Prey. Lorenzo Di Bonaventura, Michael Bay, and Steven Spielberg are producing.
While Steinfeld’s already had a fabulously impressive career for someone her age, Bumblebee would give the actress her first opportunity to lead an enormous franchise. Steinfeld has kept busy since making her Oscar-nominated film debut in 2010’s True Grit, including multiple studio leads and a career as a recording artist. Most recently, she joined the Barden Bellas in 2015’s Pitch Perfect 2 and earned awards attention, including a Golden Globe nomination, for her performance in last year’s The Edge of Seventeen. Next, she’ll be back among the pitches for the Christmas-themed Pitch Perfect 3, which has wrapped filming.
Bumblebee is slated to open in theaters on June 8, 2018.