Hailee Steinfeld Targets Transformers Spin-Off Bumblebee

Hailee Steinfeld

As the Transformers universe begins to expand courtesy of the writers room that was convened to churn out ideas and, eventually, scripts, the first spin-off is now coming together. Bumblebee, focusing on the vocally challenged, heroic VW Beetle 'bot, has Hailee Steinfeld in talks to star.

Travis Knight, boss of Laika animation studios (and director of the company's most recent film, Kubo And The Two Strings) is aboard to make this one, working from a script by Christina Hodson.

What the actual movie will feature, and where it will fall in Bumblebee's timeline remains to be seen – no plot details or anything about Steinfeld's character have been revealed, and we don't even know whether this movie will be anchored to the same continuity as the Transformers movies themselves.

We do know, however, that the film is taking aim at a 2018 release. Transformers: The Last Knight, the latest of the main movies directed by Michael Bay, is out on 22 June.

And Steinfeld, last seen in The Edge Of Seventeen, will be back with the Pitch Perfect gang for the third outing, hitting 22 December this year.