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“Almost Including a Hailee Steinfeld Reference: Insights from ‘Transformers: Rise of the Beasts'”

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Note: The following article contains spoilers for the movie “Transformers: Rise of the Beasts.”

“Transformers: Rise of the Beasts” roared into theaters this weekend, claiming the top spot at the box office. As the seventh live-action installment in the Transformers franchise, the film delivered epic battles, engaging characters, and noteworthy cameos and references to other Hasbro properties. However, one notable absence was Hailee Steinfeld, who portrayed Bumblebee’s companion, Charlie, in the beloved Autobot’s self-titled spin-off. Director Steven Caple Jr. has recently disclosed that Steinfeld was indeed considered for an appearance in the film.

During a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Caple Jr. discussed various aspects of the “robots in disguise” world. When asked about the possibility of Steinfeld making an appearance, considering Bumblebee’s near-death experience in the film, Caple Jr. revealed, “She was, but not necessarily for Bumblebee’s comeback.” He further explained, “I think we still have this line in the movie, maybe we don’t, but there’s a moment where Bumblebee says to Prime, ‘They are my friends.’ And he’s talking about Hailee’s character.” Expanding on the idea, Caple Jr. shared, “Exactly. So they had that conversation, but we went even further with it, where Bumblebee actually took out the Polaroid photo of him and Hailee’s character in ‘Bumblebee.’ She took a selfie of the two of them together, with a Polaroid camera, and so we actually shot that version.” Caple Jr. concluded by saying:

“We probably have it in the deleted scenes; I’m sure we do. Bumblebee showed the photo [to Prime], and he was further pushing how tight he was with a human. But yeah, I like Hailee Steinfeld. She’s a great actress. I have not met her, but the way our movie ends, there’s always possibilities. Maybe she’s too busy in the Marvel world, but she’s a wonderful actress, and I would definitely love to collaborate with her.”

Hailee Steinfeld’s Expanding Presence Across the Multiverse

As Caple Jr. mentioned, since the release of “Bumblebee” in 2018, Steinfeld’s career has skyrocketed, including her involvement in the Marvel universe. She portrayed Kate Bishop in “Hawkeye” and lent her voice to Gwen Stacy, also known as Spider-Gwen, in Sony’s critically acclaimed “Spider-Verse” franchise. The second installment of that animated trilogy, “Across the Spider-Verse,” was released in early June, and “Transformers: Rise of the Beasts” recently claimed the number one spot at the box office, surpassing it. Although “Rise of the Beasts” provided an entertaining experience with captivating action sequences, Steinfeld can still claim her involvement in the best Transformers movie yet. “Bumblebee” captured the nostalgic magic of the original 80s cartoon series with its charming coming-of-age story, in which Steinfeld’s energetic nature and spirit perfectly fit the “more than meets the eye” universe. Despite her absence in “Rise of the Beasts,” the film maintains that enjoyable vibe.

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Just the Beginning for “Rise of the Beasts”

While it would have been amazing to witness Steinfeld’s cameo in “Rise of the Beasts,” Bumblebee’s heartwarming reference to her character is enough to delight any Transformers fan. Furthermore, as Caple Jr. mentioned, there’s a possibility of Steinfeld making a future appearance, especially considering the success of the new film. As fans await to see if Steinfeld will once again engage in the war between the Autobots and Decepticons, they can currently enjoy “Transformers: Rise of the Beasts” in theaters. Additionally, “Bumblebee” is available for streaming on Paramount+. Watch FilmSweep’s recent interview with Steinfeld below for further insight.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Cameo

What is “Transformers: Rise of the Beasts”?

“Transformers: Rise of the Beasts” is the seventh live-action film in the Transformers franchise, featuring epic battles and references to other Hasbro properties.

Was Hailee Steinfeld supposed to appear in the film?

Yes, Hailee Steinfeld, who played Bumblebee’s companion Charlie in the spin-off film “Bumblebee,” was considered for an appearance in “Transformers: Rise of the Beasts.”

Why didn’t Hailee Steinfeld make a cameo in the movie?

While director Steven Caple Jr. confirmed that Steinfeld’s character was discussed, her appearance didn’t make it into the final version. However, there were references to her character and a deleted scene involving a photo of Bumblebee and Charlie.

What other roles has Hailee Steinfeld played?

Hailee Steinfeld has joined the Marvel universe, portraying Kate Bishop in “Hawkeye” and voicing Gwen Stacy (Spider-Gwen) in Sony’s “Spider-Verse” franchise.

Will we see Hailee Steinfeld in future Transformers movies?

There’s a possibility of Hailee Steinfeld making future appearances in the Transformers franchise, as indicated by director Steven Caple Jr. However, it remains uncertain due to her commitments in the Marvel world.

Where can I watch “Transformers: Rise of the Beasts”?

“Transformers: Rise of the Beasts” is currently playing in theaters. Additionally, “Bumblebee” is available for streaming on Paramount+.

What is the overall reception of “Rise of the Beasts”?

The reception of “Transformers: Rise of the Beasts” has been positive, with audiences enjoying the film’s entertaining action and references to the original 80s cartoon series.

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