John Cena has nabbed a lead role in the Transformers spinoff Bumblebee.

The film centers on the yellow and black bot Bumblebee. Other cast members including Jorge Lendeborg, Jason Drucker, Abby Quinn, Rachel Crow, Ricardo Hoyos and Gracie Dzienny.

The story is set in 1987, where Bumblebee finds refuge in a junkyard in a small California beach town. Charlie 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 the first spinoff in the Transformers Cinematic Universe.

Bumblebee is being produced by franchise veterans Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Michael Bay, along with executive producers Steven Spielberg, Brian Goldner and Mark Vahradian. Chris Brigham will also executive produce.

The film kicked off production Monday with a new release date of Dec. 21, 2018.

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John Cena has nabbed a lead role in the Transformers spinoff Bumblebee. The film centers on the yellow and black bot Bumblebee. Other cast members including Jorge Lendeborg, Jason Drucker, Abby Quinn, Rachel Crow, Ricardo Hoyos and Gracie Dzienny. The story is set in 1987, where Bumblebee finds refuge in a...