Filming at Santa Cruz Boardwalk for 'Transformers' movie begins Filming at Santa Cruz Boardwalk for 'Transformers' movie begins SANTA CRUZ, Calif. — A Hollywood movie production crew transformed the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Wednesday while filming scenes for a "Transformers" prequel, called "Bumblebee." Paramount Pictures is taking over Santa Cruz's beach front amusement park for the next three days. About 200 locals were on hand to appear as extras. Academy Award-nominated actress and singer Hailee Steinfeld is playing the film's lead character, Charlie Watson. She was reportedly on set in Santa Cruz Wednesday, much to fans' delight. Locals were lined up, ready to appear in crowd scenes or as needed for other background visuals. Producers are keeping the plot mostly under wraps, but Charlie Watson works at the Boardwalk and the movie is set in the 1980s. The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk has a long list of movie credits, including "Killer Clowns from Outer Space," "Sudden Impact," and of course, "The Lost Boys." "I think a lot of people in the movie business are secret fans of 'Lost Boys.' They've always wanted to shoot here," said Mark Vahradian, Executive Producer of "Bumblebee." Optimus Prime and Bumblebee, a yellow and black striped autobot, are fans' favorite "Transformers" characters. Producers are focusing now on Bumblebee because he appeals to a younger audience. "The idea of putting him together with one human and having an intimate relationship between one robot and a girl, that's what's different about this," Vaharadian said. The movie is slated to be released in 2018.