Paramount Pictures has released the official synopsis for its ’80s-set Transformers spinoff centered around the fan-favorite Autobot Bumblebee. Additionally, the studio released an un-watermarked still of star Hailee Steinfeld standing alongside the character’s classic Volkswagen Beetle form.
Check out the synopsis and image below.
On the run in the year 1987, Bumblebee finds refuge in a junkyard in a small Californian beach town. Charlie (Hailee 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.
“I wanted to approach this massive, expansive franchise and really focus in on a tiny corner of the canvas,” director Travis Knight said earlier this month. “Everything I’ve tried to do at Laika, searching for an artful blend of darkness and light, intensity and warmth, humour and heart, I wanted to bring to the Transformers franchise.”
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He added, “At its core it’s just a beautiful love story between two broken souls who find each other and heal each other…I grew up loving those classic Spielbergian Amblin films. And we’re trying to evoke that kind of emotion in this movie, fusing a rich coming-of-age story with some sci-fi insanity.”
Directed by Kubo and the Two Strings helmer Travis Knight with a script by Christina Hodson, Paramount is expected to roll out Bumblebee theatrically at some point in 2018.