Production on the first spin-off from the ‘Transformers’ franchise, ‘Bumblebee’, began today and THR have exclusively revealed that John Cena will play the lead role, alongside Hailee Steinfeld. Travis Knight (Kubo and the Two Strings) is directing this spin-off, with Michael Bay attached as a producer and Steven Spielberg signed on as an executive producer.

The only details we know of the film so far are as follows:

“‘Bumblebee’ will be set in 1987, where we find Bumblebee refuged in a junkyard in a small Californian beach town. Charlie (Steinfeld), on the cusp of turning 18 and trying to find her place in the world, discovers Bumblebee, battle-scarred and broken.  When Charlie revives him, she quickly learns this is no ordinary, yellow VW bug.”

Other confirmed members of the cast include Pamela Adlon, Gracie Dzienny, Abby Quinn, Ricardo Hoys, and Jason Drucker.

We now also know that Bumblebee will go toe-to-toe with ‘Aquaman’ in cinemas, as both release on the 21st December 2018.