Hailee Steinfeld is currently in talks with Paramount Pictures to star in a Bumblebee movie, which is set to be a spinoff to the #Transformers franchise. The black-and-yellow Autobot is a fan-favorite character alongside Optimus Prime from the four (soon to be five) movies.
The news, which came via The Hollywood Reporter, didn't reveal many details about the character the young actress could potentially portray, "but it is known that Steinfeld will play a tomboy who also holds a job as a mechanic after school." #Bumblebee will be directed by Travis Knight of last year's critically acclaimed animation Kubo and the Two Strings. Christina Hodson of Shut In is said to be penning the script.
Transformers hasn't exactly been the most critically acclaimed blockbuster franchise in recent years, with Paramount Pictures continuing to spit out these robotic alien sci-fi films like there's no tomorrow. In a few weeks, Transformers: The Last Knight will release to theaters, marking the fifth film in the franchise.
After this film Michael Bay said he'll retire from the franchise, with the director telling Rolling Stone in 2016:
"It's fun to do a movie that 100 million people will see. But this is the last one. I have to pass the reins to someone else."
While these movies aren't enjoyed by the highbrow among us, they are still immensely successful. And in an attempt to take the Transformers saga to new heights, the Bumblebee spinoff movie will commence the new age of Transformers movies for Paramount.
But This Could End Up Being Really Bad
I gave you the news, and now I'll give you my opinion regarding this casting. The Transformers movies have proven time and time again that their purpose is to be really epic and outrageous so that people fork out to go and see them. They're big and they're dumb, unapologetically so. Besides the visuals, these stories don't have a great plot or deep characters, so any actors or actresses involved with the project will most likely end up delivering an underwhelming performance beneath their thespian capabilities.
Given all of that, I'm nervous about Steinfeld starring in the next Transformers movie. Even though the studio is set to take a new direction with the coming films, the franchise has the potential to ruin a star. Steinfeld, who is known for her acclaimed performances in True Grit, Pitch Perfect 2 and The Edge of Seventeen, is only 20 years old and has already won a stream of awards and been nominated for an Oscar.
If she stars in the Bumblebee movie and it does poorly, people might loose interest in her and she will forever have the big stinker trailing behind like a comet for the rest of her career. The tomboy role sounds unique and could fair well for Steinfield, but in this scenario, the risk is larger than the reward.
Transformers: The Last Knight hits cinemas on June 21. What do you think about Hailee Steinfeld starring in the Bumblebee spinoff? Is this the right role for the actress? Sound off in the comments below.