New Bumblebee teaser features G1 Optimus Prime and Soundwave

Bumblebee is out December 26

Bumblebee is out December 26

Instead Kubo and the Two Strings director Travis Knight is helming this low-budget project.

Paramount Pictures has released a new worldwide trailer for the Transformers prequel movie Bumblebee.

Bumblebee will arrive neatly wrapped in United Kingdom cinemas on Boxing Day this year - and stay tuned to Empire for a trailer breakdown from Travis Knight himself.

Set in 1987 (20 years before Shia LaBeouf wore a Strokes shirt in the first Transformers), Bumblebee is about a teenage girl, played by The Edge of Seventeen's Hailee Steinfeld, who finds a beat-up Volkswagen Beetle in a junkyard.

Bumblebee is just the first step in Paramount's plans to expand the Transformers movie franchise. There are also rumors that a film called Transformers One, which would reveal the origins of the Autobots and Decepticons, is in development, as well as plans for a crossover with GI Joe and other Hasbro properties.

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Bumblebee - which also stars Pamela Adlon, and the voices of Angela Bassett, Justin Theroux, and Peter Cullen - opens on December 21.

Watch the new Bumblebee trailer below.

We see a few Decepticons, a bit of a snarly looking John Cena, and a glimpse of Cybertron - but the film thankfully still looks like it revolves around Charlie (Hailee Steinfeld) and her unexpected friendship with Bee.

It remains to be seen whether the film can successfully balance the more low-key character elements that this prequel-reboot is promising alongside the big robo-smashing action the Transformers films are known for. When Charlie revives him, she quickly learns this is no ordinary, yellow VW bug.

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