Hailee Steinfeld (“True Grit,” “Edge of Seventeen”) is in negotiations to star in the “Transformers” spinoff “Bumblebee” for Paramount Pictures.
Bumblebee is the yellow and black striped Autobot character that appears in all five of the main series films. Steinfeld will play a tomboy who also holds a job as a mechanic after school.
“Kubo and the Two Strings” helmer Travis Knight will direct from a script by Christina Hodson (“Shut In”).
The project is the first spinoff in a planned Transformers Cinematic Universe that lays its foundations with this Summer’s “Transformers: The Last Knight”.
That film made headlines earlier today when the Google Search listing for the film was updated to include a 182-minute runtime. Bay responded on Twitter saying the new film is shorter than any of the previous sequels which would bring the runtime in under 150 minutes.
“Bumblebee” is slated for a June 8th 2018 release.