Rachel Crow in Talks for Key Role in “Transformers” Spinoff “Bumblebee” (Exclusive)

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Fresh off her live-action movie debut in Netflix’s Deidra & Laney Rob a Train, up-and-coming actress  is in talks for a key role in Paramount’s Transformers spinoff , the Tracking Board has learned.

Hailee Steinfeld and Jorge Lendeborg Jr. will play the two young leads in the film, which Travis Knight (Kubo and the Two Strings) is directing from a script by Christina Hodson.

The Bumblebee movie is reportedly a Transformers prequel set in an earlier decade that centers around the yellow Autobot. It’s designed as the first in a series of spinoffs that will comprise the Transformers Cinematic Universe, which has grossed nearly $4 billion worldwide thus far.

Paramount is slated to release Bumblebee on June 8, 2018.

Sydney Freeland and Shelby Farrell’s Deidra & Laney Rob a Train premiered at Sundance, where Crow earned strong reviews that helped the rising star land a lead role in ABC’s spinoff of The Goldbergs. The actress-singer first rose to fame as a finalist on the first season of The X Factor. Since then, Crow has lent her voice to Rio 2 and recorded a song for its soundtrack, and she also voiced a lead character in the animated Netflix series Home: Adventures with Tip & Oh.

Crow is represented by and , which did not respond to multiple requests for comment. Paramount had no comment.

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