1 Aug – Wrestler-turned-actor John Cena has landed himself a lead role in quite a formidable blockbuster franchise – "Transformers".
Cena's role was not specified, as per The Hollywood Reporter, but it is known that the 40-year-old will be starring alongside Hailee Steinfeld ("Pitch Perfect 2") in the spinoff, "Bumblebee".
The spinoff, which is set in 1987 and will focus on the eponymous yellow Volkswagen Beetle, will see Steinfeld playing 18-year-old Charlie who discovers Bumblebee hiding in a small California beach town junkyard.
Apart from Steinfeld, Cena's fellow cast members include Jorge Lendeborg ("Spider-Man: Homecoming"), Jason Drucker ("Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul"), Abby Quinn ("Landline"), Rachel Crow ("Rio 2"), Ricardo Hoyos ("Degrassi: Next Class") and Gracie Dzienny ("Chasing Life").
Cena started his acting career with "The Marine" in 2006. Several movies soon followed and he even expanded into comedy, with movies such as "Trainwreck", "Sisters" and "Daddy's Home", as well as voicing animated films such as "Ferdinand".
Expect to see Cena getting more in touch with his comedic side in this year's "Daddy's Home 2" and 2018's "The Pact" before seeing his presumably more heroic role in "Bumblebee", also releasing next year.
"Bumbleebee" has been given a new North American release date of 21 December 2018, putting it up against another blockbuster, "Aquaman", starring Jason Momoa.