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Hailee Steinfeld in talks to star in new Transformers spinoff Bumblebee

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Jun 3, 2017, 10:02 PM EDT (Updated)

According to Variety, actress Hailee Steinfield (True Grit, The Edge of Seventeen, Ender's Game) is currently in talks to star in Bumblebee, the first of manyTransformers spinoffs in the works.

It's an interesting move for Steinfield, who's better known for independent films but is also returning for Pitch Perfect 3. There's a benefit to a starring role in a big Hollywood action movie, but let's be honest, the Transformers franchise isn't exactly known for its stellar acting.

However, while Michael Bay is back with many of his previous Transformers production partners, including Steven Spielberg, Bumblebee is penned by Christina Hodson (Shut In, Unforgettable) and directed by LAIKA CEO Travis Knight (Kubo and the Two Strings). Are we looking at a parallel between the Star Wars saga and the anthology films when it comes to the Transformers movie universe and this new spinoff? Possibly. Hodson has been part of the Transformers writing room for a year now, so she's certainly in the loop as far as the bigger picture goes, and Travis Knight has proven he's more than capable of bringing stories to life.

THR is reporting that Steinfield "will play a tomboy who also holds a job as a mechanic after school." Please just tell me she's not also wearing glasses, which she'll then whip off when she dresses up and is suddenly "beautiful."

Can Bumblebee the Camaro carry a movie of his own, and will we see a new leading lady behind the wheel?

Did you ever imagine someone would be asking that question?

(via Variety)