“The Maze Runner” and “Teen Wolf” star Dylan O’Brien has been announced as the voice of the titular transformer in the upcoming spin-off film “Bumblebee” at Paramount Pictures.
Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura revealed the casting to IGN, with O’Brien marking the first time we hear Bumblebee speaking through his own voice as opposed to samples of radio broadcasts and songs. Discussing the casting, he says:
“Dylan has that great quality in his voice of youthful exuberance, and also sort of trustworthiness. I think those are the two qualities that we wanted Bumblebee to have. Since we were approaching this as an origin story, we felt that it was appropriate that you got to hear his voice, that’s the simple logic that we employed. The longer-term implication of that is different. But the short-term implication of that is, since we really are resetting the mythology, essentially, of who Bumblebee is. And so, that seemed to us to be the appropriate, to get the chance to hear what he sounds like.”
Set in 1987, Bumblebee finds refuge in a junkyard in a small Californian beach town. Charlie (Hailee Steinfeld), on the cusp of turning 18 and trying to find her place in the world, discovers Bumblebee, battle-scarred and broken. When Charlie revives him, she quickly learns this is no ordinary, yellow VW bug.
John Cena, Jason Drucker, Pamela Adlon, Stephen Schneider and Kenneth Choi co-star while Angela Bassett and Justin Theroux also lend their voices. “Bumblebee” opens December 21st.