The new trailer for Bumblebee is out, and the origin story of one of our favorite Transformers looks like it will be a blast to watch.
Bumblebee is, without a doubt, one of everyone’s favorite Transformers. He managed to totally win our hearts as the Autobot/Camaro companion of Sam Witwicky in the original Transformers films. However, the delightful yellow Autobot wasn’t always such a slick ride, and in the new trailer for Bumblebee, we get a look at Bee’s early days on earth.
Set in 1987 in a tiny beach town in California, we find a battle-scarred Bumblebee hiding out in a junkyard as a yellow VW Bug. That is, Bee is hiding until a young woman named Charlie (Hailee Steinfeld) buys the Bug as an 18th birthday present to herself. Once she gets the Bug back to her garage, she soon realizes this is no ordinary fixer-upper vehicle.
In the latest trailer, we get a better look at just why Bumblebee is hiding out on earth, seemingly the only Autobot chilling on our planet. Not only does he have Decepticons on his tail, but he is also acting under the orders of Optimus Prime himself to stay on earth and protect our planet to hopefully help bring an end to the war between the Decepticons and the Autobots.
Even more fun, all of the Transformers, including Bumblebee himself, have been revamped to look more like their ’80s toy version rather than the slick, high tech versions we saw in the original movies. It’s a really fun throwback that makes it feel like Transformers is returning to its roots.
And that might be just what the Transformers franchise needs, as this movie is coming out at an uncertain time for the franchise. Transformers: The Last Knight disappointed at the box office, and while Bumblebee was meant to be the first of many standalone, spinoff films to expand the Transformers universe, Paramount delayed and removed the next planned movie in the franchise from their schedule.
Will the hype behind this movie be enough to help revive the franchise, or will this be the last time we roll out with the Autobots on the big screen for a while? We’ll have to wait and see how the film performs at the box office to truly find out. Bumblebee releases in theaters on December 21.