July 31 (UPI) -- Paramount Pictures says principal photography has begun in California on its Transformers spinoff, Bumblebee.
The movie is being directed by Travis Knight, and will star Hailee Steinfeld, Pamela Adlon, John Cena, Stephen Schneider, Jorge Lendeborg, Jr., Jason Drucker, Kenneth Choi, Ricardo Hoyos, Abby Quinn, Rachel Crow and Grace Dzienny. "On the run in the year 1987, Bumblebee finds refuge in a junkyard in a small Californian beach town. Charlie, on the cusp of turning 18 and trying to find her place in the world, discovers Bumblebee, battle-scarred and broken," a studio synopsis said. "When Charlie revives him, she quickly learns this is no ordinary, yellow VW bug." The film is being produced by Transformers franchise veterans Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Michael Bay, along with executive producers Steven Spielberg, Brian Goldner and Mark Vahradian.