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Optimus Prime Sends Your Favorite Transformer on a Mission in New ‘Bumblebee’ Trailer (Video)

Spinoff/prequel stars Hailee Steinfeld and John Cena

Paramount Pictures has released a new trailer for “Bumblebee,” which shows Hailee Steinfeld forming a relationship with lovable transformer, Bumblebee.

“Bumblebee” will take the series back in time to the 1980s, thus serving as a prequel to the main series as well as a spinoff. In the trailer, Steinfeld’s character Charlie Watson finds a VW bug in a Californian junk yard, only to discover that the yellow car isn’t just a vehicle.

Turns out, Optimus Prime (or the ghost of the Transformer) sent Bumblebee on a mission to earth to protect the humans from war — and the Decepticons.

“There is only one way to end this war,” Optimus Prime says in the trailer. “You must protect Earth — and its people.”

The film is directed by Travis Knight of “Kubo and the Two Strings” fame, and is written by Christina Hodson.

The cast includes Steinfeld, John Cena, Pamela Adlon, Stephen Schneider, Jason Drucker, Kenneth Choi and Ricardo Hoyos.

“People can be terrible about things they don’t understand,” Steinfeld says in the trailer.

“Bumblebee” will hit theaters on Dec. 21.

Watch the video above.