Hailee Steinfeld to Star in the Bumblebee Spin-Off

Hailee Steinfeld is in talks to star in Paramount PicturesTransformers spin-off Bumblebee, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Steinfeld will play a tomboy who also holds a job as a mechanic after school.

Travis Knight, who directed the Oscar-nominated stop-motion film Kubo and the Two Strings for the animation studio LAIKA, is directing Bumblebee. Christina Hodson wrote the script.

Bumblebee has been a fan favorite since he was first introduced. He transforms from a Volkswagen Beetle in the earlier versions of the character. In the Transformers Cinematic Universe, he transforms into a Chevrolet Camaro. The character will next appear in the upcoming film Transformers: The Last Knight, starring Mark Wahlberg, Jerrod Carmichael, Isabela Moner, Josh Duhamel, Anthony Hopkins, Laura Haddock, Santiago Cabrera, Liam Garrigan and Stanley Tucci. The film opens on June 21, 2017.

Christina Hodson, Brian Holdner, Stephen Davis, Lorezo Di Bonaventura, Michael Bay and Steven Spielberg are producing Bumblebee.

Steinfeld received an Oscar nomination for her role in True Grit, and has appeared in the Pitch Perfect films and The Edge of Seventeen, for which she received a Golden Globe nomination

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