Select fans of robots in disguise won’t have to rely on the early reactions of critics to make up their minds about the newest film in the franchise. The latest in a string of paid advanced screenings, Transformers spin-off Bumblebee is inviting moviegoers to see the film two weeks before it opens to the general public.
Rather than with Aquaman, which has its early event limited to Amazon Prime members, the Bumblebee event is simply a single-day event from the studio. According to a release, Paramount Pictures will be offering an early screening of the film (out on Dec. 21) at select theaters in the U.S. and Canada on Dec. 8 - plenty of time to rile up those who couldn’t overcome their FOMO to check out director Travis Knight’s debut with the series.
Knight’s film — his first live-action movie — has tickets for the event on sale now, with plenty of locations available, all offering a sneak peek at the Hailee Steinfeld vehicle. Or, rather, that’s the VW bug which Bumblebee can turn into. Either way, the coming-of-age story looks to be a novel approach to the series, which has previously made its name with intense special effects and, of course, plenty of explosions.
Fans that get on this early-access train won’t just get to see the film two weeks before the general population — they’ll also get a Transformers: Tiny Turbo Changers toy from Hasbro, the toy company pulling all the strings behind the toy-based franchise. While supplies last, that is. So, audiences will have to act fast for the tickets but even faster for the toys.
Regular theatergoers will have to wait until Dec. 21 to see the Transformers move away from Michael Bay’s antics.