John Cena Joins 'Transformers' Spinoff 'Bumblebee' (Exclusive) John Cena Joins 'Transformers' Spinoff 'Bumblebee' (Exclusive) feature a young cast including Jorge Lendeborg, Jason Drucker, Abby Quinn, Rachel Crow, Ricardo Hoyos and Gracie Dzienny. The story is set in the year 1987, where Bumblebee finds refuge in a junkyard in a small Californian beach town. Charlie (Steinfeld), on the cusp of turning 18 and trying to find her place in the world, discovers Bumblebee, battle-scarred and broken. When Charlie revives him, she quickly learns this is no ordinary, yellow VW bug. Travis Knight, who directed the stop-motion movie Kubo and the Two Strings, is helming the new film from a script by Christina Hodson (Shut In). The movie project is the first spinoff in what the studio hopes will be a Transformers Cinematic Universe that will include prequels and offshoots from a line of movies that have generated more than $3.7 billion worldwide. The most recent film, Transformers: The Last Knight, hit theaters June 23, and has earned $568.9 million worldwide so far Hasbro’s Brian Goldner and Stephen Davis, Lorenzo Di Bonaventura, Steven Spielberg, and Michael Bay are producing Bumblebee. The film kicks off production today in California. Paramount has set it for release on Dec. 21, 2018. Cena, known for his work as a star WWE wrestler, has been building up a notable acting career in the past few years. He was most recently seen in Doug Liman’s The Wall opposite Aaron Taylor-Johnson. His other credits include Daddy's Home, Sisters and Trainwreck. Also serving as the host of American Grit on Fox, he will next be seen in Daddy’s Home 2 and Kay Cannon’s The Pact with Leslie Mann. He’s repped by ICM Partners.