The main Transformers film series may have taken something of a blow at the box office (at least in America), but the connected universe of robo-stories continues to expand. A spin-off focused on heroic Autobot Bumblebee is the first of the new movies headed to screens, and it'll include rising star Jorge Lendeborg Jr. in its cast.
With Laika boss and Kubo And The Two Strings director Travis Knight preparing to make the movie (so perhaps we can expect fewer explosions that main series wrangler Michael Bay's output), the new film, currently known just as Bumblebee, has Hailee Steinfeld attached to play the lead.
We don't yet know how Lendeborg Jr. will fit into the cast, but the movie is apparently set in the 1980s, with Steinfeld as a rebellious young woman who works as a motor mechanic after school.
Christina Hodson wrote the script after the basic seeds for several new movies were worked up during a Transformers writing room session. Bumblebee is targeting an 8 June, 2018 release date.
Lendeborg Jr. made his debut in 2015's The Land and is on screens now for a small role in Spider-Man: Homecoming. He'll also make appearances in Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens and Alita: Battle Angel, out 20 July next year.