In a Screen Rant exclusive interview, Bumblebee star John Cena reveals that his character’s personality changed significantly from the original script. The live-action Transformers film was directed by Travis Knight (Kubo and the Two Strings) and written by Christina Hodson (DC’s upcoming Harley Quinn movie Birds of Prey). Bumblebee was released nationwide on December 21 by Paramount Pictures.
Knight’s take on the Transformers story marks the sixth cinematic installment of the franchise. In the film, Cena has a supporting role as Colonel Jack Burns, a former U.S. Army Ranger who attacks B-127 upon its crash landing on earth, and attempts to secure the robot throughout the film. Cena stars opposite Hailee Steinfeld as Charlie Watson, the teenage protagonist who befriends B-127 upon his transformation into Bumblebee.
In the central narrative, Optimus Prime’s Autobot resistance moves from Cybertron to planet Earth, with Charlie and Bumblebee working together while trying to avoid Cena’s Jack Burns. As of this weekend, Bumblebee has earned almost $200 million at the box office – nearly doubling its budget – however the film is currently the lowest-grossing production in the Transformers franchise. During a recent Screen Rant interview, both Steinfeld and Cena said they aren’t worried about huge box office numbers, but rather more concerned about how the story connects with fans.
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