For the past few weeks, there has been a new piece of Transformers: The Last Knight character artwork unveiled through various social media channels every day. Yesterday, Megatron's new robot form was unveiled, and today we have our first glimpse at the iconic Autobot Bumblebee, and what he will look like after transforming. We have already seen the 2016 Chevy Camaro that will be used when Bee is in vehicle mode, but this image gives us our first look at Bumblebee's new robot mode design.
We already know that Bumblebee will be getting his own spinoff, with Paramount setting a June 6, 2018 release date back in February. While very little is known about the plot, this project is said to give Bumblebee his own origin story. It remains to be seen whether or not this design will also be used for this spinoff as well. As for the design elements, Bee looks largely similar to previous incarnations, but the helmet design is quite different, which looks to be inspired by an actual bumblebee.
The photo debuted on director Michael Bay's Twitter page earlier today, which has debuted a number of behind-the-scenes photos since production started earlier this summer. We don't know how long production is scheduled to last for, but Paramount has already set a June 23, 2017 release date. This action sequel will be going up against the Sony Pictures comedy Rock That Body, but the entire month of June 2017 is jam-packed with highly-anticipated movies. June 2, 2017 will mark the release of Warner Bros.' Wonder Woman, followed by Universal's The Mummy and Paramount's World War Z 2 on June 9, 2017, Kingsman: The Golden Circle and Cars 3 on June 16, 2017 and Despicable Me 3 and Uncharted on June 30, 2017.
The Last Knight centers on Optimus Prime, who has been searching through the cosmos for the Quintessons, the beings believed to be responsible for the creation of the Transformers race. Meanwhile back on Earth, Wahlberg's Cade Yeager will be facing a new alien threat that brings Josh Duhamel's Lennox and Tyrese Gibson's Epps back into duty. Isabela Moner is playing the female lead, though no character details have been revealed. Jerrod Carmichael (NBC's The Carmichael Show) has also come aboard in an unspecified supporting role, possibly serving as this sequel's comedy relief.
Michael Bay is directing from a script by Iron Man writers Art Marcum & Matt Holloway. They are joined by Black Hawk Down writer Ken Nolan on the screenplay. The team were part of Paramount's writer's room that generated several ideas for Transformers sequels and spinoffs. Original trilogy stars Josh Duhamel returns as Lennox along with Tyrese Gibson as Epps. While the actors starred in the original trilogy, Transformers, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and Transformers: Dark of the Moon, they didn't return for 2014's Transformers: Age of Extinction. Take a look at the latest photo showcasing Bumblebee's new look in Transformers: The Last Knight.