Cinemacon is in full effect right now, the trade show where theater owners and movie studios get together to preview and hype upcoming flicks. Paramount just had their panel and the upcoming Transformers Bumblebee movie had footage shown with an intro by the director Travis Knight. In the video, we get to see Bumblebee’s first encounter with Hailee Steinfeld’s Charlie, some action shots including other Transformers and even some with John Cena’s character. Read on for more details!
Key parts from from Comicbook.com, check them for the full run down of the event though:
An alarm goes off at 8:00 AM. Charlie shuts it off, unhappily waking up. Her room is covered in posters. She rocks out with headphones on while brushing her teeth. In the garage, her car is playing the same song. When she enters, it stops.
A piece of the car hits the floor. She look beneath it. Getting on a board with wheels, she slides under the car. Ultimately, she finds Bee’s face, which lights up in the eyes and stands up above her. She’s shocked. This thing fits in the garage! They have a standoff. Bee stumbles around. She reaches for the door handle but sees he is just stumbling around and scared as he huddles himself into the corner.
She approaches and says, “Hi.” Bee chirps back. He’s still scared and avoiding her in the corner. “Do you speak?: she asks. Bee nods to indicate he does not. He stands up, holding his neck, after seeing the wrench in her hand. He analyzes her hands and comes closer, allowing them to touch his face. He can understand her. “What are you?” she asks. “Where did you come from?” He shies away from answering. He points to her shirt. He is asking who she is. “I’m Charlie,” she tells him. “Charlie Watson, I’m 18 today. Actually, it’s my birthday today. What’s your name?” He shies away, with his ears going down. She rules, “You sound like a little bumblebee.” That’s what she’s going to call him from now on. “Matches your outfit, too,” she says.
Later, clips of Bee running from a helicopter, trucks exploding, Bee playing on the beach, driving Charlie around, and other Transformers cut into the frame. A red and white winged Transformer is fighting him. He uses his arm cannon. He fights fighter jets. Charlie does her best to help him. He lands in a desert.
And some tweets from those in attendance worthy of mention…
There are definitely other Transformers in the film because Bumblebee is fighting two of them at one point. Military also chasing the Transformer, who at one point transforms his face to resemble a bumblebee, which was cute. #Bumblebee #CinemaCon
— ErikDavis (@ErikDavis) April 26, 2018
BUMBLEBEE clip offers exactly what you expected/feared from this '80s-set prequel: explosions, cars, robot-cars, the befouling of The Smiths on the soundtrack … but at least far steadier/more coherent camerawork and editing than late-period Michael Bay. #CinemaCon
— Barry Hertz (@HertzBarry) April 26, 2018
— Jillian Sederholm (@JillianSed) April 26, 2018
Let me repeat. I’m 90% sure the villain in Bumblebee is Starscream with all the red and blue markings from his original ‘80s design.
— Germain Lussier (@GermainLussier) April 26, 2018
The official synopsis:
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.
Transformers Bumblebee will be in theaters December 21st, 2018.