There’s no denying that, up until this last underperforming installment (and even then, it still made money), Michael Bay’s Transformers franchise has been an absolute juggernaut. There’s no end to how many of these films might be on the horizon, but we know there’s going to be a Bumblebee spinoff movie that will be set in the 1980s, marking the first thing other than Optimus Prime’s voice that is actually true to the source material.
So what do you do when you need to reinvigorate some life into your franchise? You hire The Rock, of course! But apparently Dwayne Johnson isn’t available, so a different wrestler-turned-actor is going to get a chance to become franchise Viagra.
AND HIS NAME IS JOHN CENA.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Cena has signed on to join the cast of the Bumblebee movie. What’s more, he’ll be playing one of the lead roles in the film. The actual lead is Hailee Steinfeld, who will play a mechanic who rehabilitates a broken-down Bumblebee in the year 1987. We can only hope the soundtrack is half as good as the one for GLOW.
As of yet, there are no details on the role that Cena is playing, but again, THR says it will be a lead role. Production actually began on Monday in California and the film is slotted in for a release date of December 21, 2018. Cena will really, really be put to the test of how beneficial he can be to a franchise, as Bumblebee opens on the same day as DC’s Aquaman film.
On the other hand … it’s just Aquaman. Real John Cena could almost certainly beat up real Aquaman. RAPADOO.