– by Joseph Jammer Medina

If you had hoped that the impending Bumblebee movie that Paramount has been threatening us with for some time now stood a chance of differentiating itself from your typical Transformers flick, you may find the next bit of news disappointing. According to actor Peter Cullen (via CineMovie), Optimus Prime himself will appear in the film.

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Unfortunately, he didn’t make it clear whether or not it would be in a cameo capacity or an extended capacity. However, given that the studio is really trying to make Bumblebee its own, more lower key, thing, we can only hope that they allow it to stand on its own merits. This is especially true given that none of the films have been very well received. Any way it can separate itself is probably a good thing.

While this could all be incredibly annoying to hear, we can’t forget that Cullen’s performance as prime was never the problem. It all fell at the hand of the script, and with the new talent on board, we can only hope they’ve improved that. At the very least, we hope that the filmmakers were honest when they said they’d be pulling back on the scale of this one, and making more of an Iron Giant-esque tale.

The Bumblebee spinoff is directed by Kubo and the Two Strings helmer Travis Knight, and stars Edge of Seventeen’s Hailee Steinfeld and Trainwreck’s John Cena.

The Bumblebee movie will hit theaters on December 21, 2018.

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SOURCE: CineMovie

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.