Like the main Transformers installments, the upcoming Bumblebee spinoff will include humans to co-star alongside all robots in disguise involved. Right before May ended, it was reported that The Edge of Seventeen's Hailee Steinfeld was in talks to play the female lead, and today brings word that the Bumblebee movie's male lead has now been found: rising actor Jorge Lendeborg Jr.
Jorge Lendeborg Jr. is reportedly in talks to join the Bumblebee movie as its co-lead, although THR did not provide any details about the character he would play. If cast, he would act alongside Hailee Steinfeld, who is playing a tomboy who is a mechanic after school. Even with no details about Lendeborg's role yet, we can likely expect him to have the same reaction as everyone else has had upon meeting a Transformer for the first time: shock followed by amazement.
So far Jorge Lendeborg Jr.'s professional resume consists of starring in the Steve Caple Jr.-directed movie The Land, guest-starring in an episode of Graceland and playing Jason Ioello in Spider-Man: Homecoming, which hit theaters last Friday. Lendeborg can next be seen in Dave McCary's Brigsby Bear later this month, and he's also appearing in Robert Rodriguez's Alita: Battle Angel and Greg Berlanti's Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda next year. Now with the Bumblebee movie now on the horizon, it's evident Lendeborg is establishing himself as a blockbuster presence in Hollywood.
Bumblebee has been one of the leading Autobots since the Transformers film series began in 2007, and moviegoers reunited with him last month during the fifth entry, Transformers: The Last Knight. His spinoff, though, will turn its gaze to the past and follow Bumblebee in the 1980s; decades after he aided the Allies during World War II, but long before he became Sam Witwicky's protector. It is the first spinoff of the franchise, which is transitioning into becoming a full-blown cinematic universe. Kubo and the Two Strings director Travis Knight is helming the Bumblebee movie, and Unforgettable writer Christina Hodson penned the script. Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura has also implied that we'll see Bumblebee turn into a Volkswagen Bug, like his animated predecessor did back in the day, rather than his Camero form from the first movie.
Since the Bumblebee movie is still a little under a year away from release, enjoy the yellow Autobot's highlight reel below to get psyched up about him adventuring on his own.
The Bumblebee spinoff will begin production later this month, and it's scheduled to roll into theaters on June 8, 2018. While we wait for more updates, look through our 2017 movie guide to see what's being released later this year.
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