Bumblebee gets Rick Rolled in first trailer for Transformers prequel

John Cena Transformers Bumblebee

John Cena Transformers Bumblebee

Paramount has released the first teaser trailer for Bumblebee, offering a surprisingly healthy assortment of emotion to go along with the Transformer franchise's trademark reliance on giant robot action.

"When I was a kid, I spent hours playing with Transformers toys and making up stories about these wonderful characters, so it's been an incredible adventure to come to set every day to tell the story of who Bumblebee is and why we love him", Knight said Monday when teasing the new trailer. However, Paramount has high hopes for continuing the series via its first spinoff: Bumblebee, which will focus, per its title, on the heroic, vocally challenged yellow Autobot. The relationship between Shia LaBeouf's Sam Witwicky and Bumblebee was a highlight in the film.

While the above clip doesn't provide much in the way of plot information, it's clear the film is going for a smaller-scale sort of story than its larger-than-life Bay-helmed efforts.

Bumblebee even transforms from a gentle, goofy-looking vehicle, a yellow original-model Volkswagen Beetle. But what fans might not have seen is the inclusion of another Transformer: the treacherous Decepticon himself, Starscream, who might be the big bad of the movie.

Set in 1987, according to the Internet Movie Database, the movie stars Hailee Steinfeld as a mechanically inclined young woman who discovers a decrepit Beetle and aims to fix it up. Bumblebee marks the first time Bay vacates the director's chair, to make room for Kubo and the Two Strings director Travis Knight. When she revives him, she quickly learns this is no ordinary VW bug.

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