Last week, it was revealed that the nefarious Megatron will return in Paramount's Transformers: The Last Knight, which recently started production under the direction of Michael Bay. We also learned last week that the iconic Sir Anthony Hopkins has joined the cast in an unknown role. Today we have our first look at one of the returning Autobots from this beloved franchise, the iconic Bumblebee.
Director Michael Bay revealed the first look photo on his official website MichaelBay.com, while also adding more details on Twitter. The filmmaker revealed that this version of Bumblebee is a "custom-built 2016 Camaro," but there isn't anything else we know about how Bumblebee has been upgraded for Transformers: The Last Knight. We have previously seen Optimus Prime in the first teaser from Transformers 5, but we're not sure which Transformer the director will reveal next, as production continues.
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 possibly Tyrese Gibson's Epps) back into duty. Isabela Moner has signed on as 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.
Shooting will take place in Detroit, with various on-location shoots planned to take place throughout the world, such as Cuba. Transformers: The Last Knight is just the second major studio movie to shoot in the country since the U.S. trade embargo was lifted, following Universal's Fast & Furious 8. 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.
Speaking of Bumblebee, Paramount announced in February that they will release a Bumblebee spinoff, which is set to hit theaters on June 8, 2018. This movie will tell the never before heard origin of Bumblebee, although no specifics have been given. Since it will likley take place in the past and not on planet earth, we can only imaging what the next Bumblebee upgrade will look like. Take a look at the new Bumblebee in Transformers: The Last Knight below, and stay tuned for more as this sequel continues production. You can see Bumblebee on the big screen this weekend in Out of the Shadows, but you'll have to look hard for his Ninja Turtles 2 cameo.