Transformers isn’t the most beloved franchise right now. The series has been going for more than a decade now and many find the films to be hollow and superficial—especially when it comes to the human characters. Longtime franchise Producer, Lorenzo di Bonaventura, recently spoke to Entertainment Weekly about some changes that were made for the upcoming 6th Transformers film, Bumblebee. One thing he brought up was that Executive Producer, Steven Spielberg, felt that a female lead for Bumblebee was important.
From Entertainment Weekly:
“Steven had always had an idea that a young girl and Bumblebee would be a great combination, so we headed in that direction,” di Bonaventura says
That Steven is Steven Spielberg, who became a lifelong fan of Transformers after his own kids got into the toys in the ‘80s. Spielberg has executive produced all of the Bay movies, but stays out of most of the creative decisions. In this case, di Bonaventura credits him with suggesting that the star of the new movie be a teenage girl.
Hailee Steinfeld stars in Bumblebee as the young girl lead. We can see for ourselves if her addition changes the franchise for the better when the film opens, December 21st.