When we met Bumblebee in the first of Michael Bay’s Transformers movies, he was a muscle car Chevy – not at all similar to his cartoon origins. And while it was a nice car, there’s nothing like the classic Volkswagen Beetle form. However, it seems that in the upcoming Bumblebee solo film, the autoboot will return to his roots.

A fan photo on Instagram gave a glimpse of the movie set, revealing our first look at Bumblebee’s Beetle form. The shot (below) shows two yellow bugs – one with a camera rig attached, one without, parked close by.

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This prequel will take us back to the ‘80s, and will star Hailee Steinfeld as the franchise’s first female lead and based on the synopsis, it will be a little more child-friendly than its predecessors, with a more Herbie-esque vibe:

“On the run in the year 1987, Bumblebee finds refuge in a junkyard in a small Californian beach town. Charlie (Hailee 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.”

Bumblebee is slated for release on December 21st 2018.

 

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