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John Cena to star in 'Transformers' spinoff 'Bumblebee'

John Cena. (ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)

John Cena. (ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)

Wrestler-turned-actor John Cena has signed on to star in Transformers spinoff Bumblebee.

The Trainwreck star will join Hailee Steinfeld, who plays a tomboy who also holds a job as a mechanic, in the movie. Jorge Lendeborg, Jason Drucker, Abby Quinn, Rachel Crow, Ricardo Hoyos and Gracie Dzienny will also appear in the movie.

Based around the popular toys created by Hasbro and Tomy, the live-action film will centre on the yellow and black striped Autobot that appeared as one of the main characters in the Transformers franchise.

Kubo and the Two Strings filmmaker Travis Knight is directing Bumblebee, which will be set in 1987 in a small California beach town, where Steinfeld discovers the Autobot hiding out as a Volkswagen Beetle car and fixes him up. However, after reviving him she discovers it is not the car she thought he was.

Transformers director Michael Bay, Lorenzo Di Bonaventura and Steven Spielberg will produce the flick, alongside Brian Goldner and Mark Vahradian, and the spinoff will be released in December 2018. Production kicked off on Monday in California.

Meanwhile, the future of the Transformers franchise is unknown after Bay sparked rumours that Transformers: The Last Knight, which was released in June, would be his last.

“I think so, it’s hard to say goodbye,” he told MTV News in June. “But it’s been a fun run. It’s time to do other stuff.”

And actor Mark Wahlberg indicated he would exit the franchise if Bay does.

“If he doesn’t do it, I’m not doing it,” he said. “I’ve been very clear about that. Listen, Michael is the brains behind this operation. He’s been with it since its inception, and he continues to grow the franchise and expand it, so he’s going to do whatever he wants to do.”