The Transformers spin-off Bumblebee is set to hit theaters in a few weeks. Now, thanks to IGN we know who is voicing the iconic VW Bug. According to the outlet, Maze Runner star Dylan O’Brien is set to voice the title character in Bumblebee.
IGN recently spoke to the films producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura, and asked about O’Brien’s casting and why it was necessary for the film to finally give the Transformer his own voice.
“Since we were approaching this as an origin story, we felt that it was appropriate that you got to hear his voice,” di Bonaventura said of the character who thus far has only been able to communicate using existing media. “That’s the simple logic that we employed. The longer term implication of that is different. But the short-term implication of that is, since we really are resetting the mythology, essentially, of who Bumblebee is. And so, that seemed to us to be the appropriate, to get the chance to hear what he sounds like.”
“Dylan has that great quality in his voice of youthful exuberance, and also sort of trustworthiness. I think those are the two qualities that we wanted Bumblebee to have.”
Here’s the film synopsis:
On the run in the year 1987, Bumblebee finds refuge in a junkyard in a small Californian beach town. Charlie (Hailee 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 hits theaters on December 21st, 2018