Hailee Steinfeld is in negotiations to star in Paramount’s Transformers spinoff Bumblebee.
Travis Knight, who directed the stop-motion movie Kubo and the Two Strings, is helming the project.
Bumblebee is the yellow and black striped Autobot that appears as one of the main characters in the Transformers film series.
Plot details are being kept on the dark side of the moon, but it is known that Steinfeld will play a tomboy who also holds a job as a mechanic after school. Christina Hodson (Shut In) wrote the script.
The movie project is the first spinoff in what the studio hopes will be a Transformers Cinematic Universe that will include prequels and offshoots from a line of movies that have generated over $3.7 billion worldwide — with the latest one, Transformers: The Last Knight, set to hit theaters June 23.
Bumblebee is slated for a June 8, 2018, release.
Steinfeld made her feature debut in Joel and Ethan Coen’s 2010 remake of True Grit, netting her an Oscar nomination for best actress in a supporting role. More recently, the actress, who is also enjoying a thriving singing career, appeared in Pitch Perfect 2 and has Pitch Perfect 3 wrapped, and last year gained strong notices for her performance in teen drama Edge of Seventeen.
Steinfeld is repped by CAA and Hirsch Wallerstein.