His WWE catchphrase may be "you can't see me," but fans better be ready to see more of John Cena on the big screen — because he's landed a lead role in the upcoming Tranformers spinoff Bumblebee, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The sixth live-action film in Paramount's action franchise, based on the Hasbro toy line, will be the first spinoff from the main films. It's focused on the younger Autobot, Bumblebee, long before the events of the first Transformers film.
The film is set in 1987 and follows a teenage girl named Charlie (Hailee Steinfeld, The Edge of Seventeen) as she discovers a broken-down Bumblebee — disguised as a VW Beetle — in the junkyard in her California beach town. She soon discovers his true nature and teams up with him and her friends for an unknown enemy. The studio tapped director Travis Knight (Kubo and the Two Strings) to helm the film back in March.
The casting of the former WWE star comes just in time for the start of production, which got under way in Los Angeles on July 31. Cena, 40, got into the movie business in 2006, but his acting career has really taken off in the past two years with supporting roles in major comedies including Trainwreck (in which he and fellow sports co-star LeBron James earned widespread praise), Sisters and Daddy's Home, as well as the war thriller The Wall and HBO sports mockumentary Tour de Pharmacy.
In addition to appearing in the upcoming Hasbro film, Cena will also lend his voice to the titular role in the animated film Ferdinand, based on the children's book of the same name. He's also set for Daddy's Home 2 and Universal's The Pact.
Bumblebee is scheduled to hit theaters on December 21, 2018.
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(Source: The Hollywood Reporter)