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Bumblebee teaser offers look at classic designs for Optimus Prime and Soundwave

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Sep 29, 2018, 6:54 PM EDT (Updated)

Paramount knew exactly what it was doing when it decided to set Bumblebee's spinoff movie in the 1980s. Why? Because it's the very decade in which the Transformers franchise was first born. The "Reagan Years" introduced us to these robotic aliens that could turn themselves into everyday vehicles and, sometimes, even dinosaurs.

A new Bumblebee trailer is arriving tomorrow, but Paramount India offered us a glimpse of the new footage, which promises to use the old-school designs for Transformers like Optimus Prime (Peter Cullen) and Soundwave. They look exactly like they did in the cartoon from back in the day.

Optimus is only seen as a hologram, but you can hear Cullen's voice telling Bumblebee that the Cybertronian conflict "rages on" and that he "must protect Earth and its people." Soundwave shows up briefly to pop Ravage (a smaller, panther-like Decepticon) out of his chest.

Watch the trailer tease below: 

Directed by Laika Studios alum Travis Knight, Bumblebee follows a Charlie Watson (Hailee Steinfeld), a young woman, who receives a shock when her yellow VW Beetle turns out to be a space alien known as an Autobot. The two begin a friendship, which is then tested when a secret government agency (led by John Cena's Angent Burns) begins looking for 'Bee.

Justin Theroux and Angela Bassett are also a part of the cast, voicing the Transformers known as Dropkick and Shatter, respectively. 

Bumblebee rolls into theaters on Dec. 21, the same day as Warner Bros.' Aquaman.

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