John Cena, the Living Embodiment of a Transformers Movie, Has Joined the Bumblebee Spinoff

Image: John Cena at the 2017 Kids’ Choice Awards, Getty / Kevin Winter 

Honestly, the only real reaction you can have to The Hollywood Reporter’s announcement that John Cena—the wrestler turned meme turned actor—has joined a Transformers movie is “Huh, he wasn’t already in one?”

He’s such an obvious choice that it almost seems self-aware to cast him. But we all know that, if there is one thing the Transformers movies are amazing at, it’s not recognizing when they have descended into self-parody. Remember that the Bumblebee spinoff is set in the ‘80s, and if the costume designer and makeup artist doesn’t put Cena in a Miami Vice pastel suit and give him a Flock of Seagulls haircut, I will be bereft.


We don’t actually know anything about Cena’s role, and the synopsis from The Hollywood Reporter is lacking a description for who he could be:

The story is set in the year 1987, where 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 also now has a release date of December 21, 2018, the same as Aquaman. Someone—almost certainly Paramount and Transformers—is going to blink, which will deny us the Cena versus Jason Momoa match up we didn’t even know we wanted. But for now, rest assured that Cena and a giant yellow robot are set to take on Momoa and all the power of the sea.

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