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Bumblebee (2018)

Remember the first Transformers, which had the high-concept premise, ‘a boy and his car’? Well, Bumblebee is an ‘80s-set prequel with the high-concept premise, ‘a girl and her car.’
The trailer even uses dialogue from the original to make the connection clear. Back then, it was Shia LaBeouf, now it’s Hailee Steinfeld – but this fresh-start for the franchise (Steinfeld’s Charlie Watson is the series’ first female lead) looks like it has potential. The Iron Giant crossed with Transformers? Shut up and take our energon cubes.

9 upcoming movies rebooting with female leads

Sam Ashurst

Ocean’s 8 is on the way, and Warner Brothers will be hoping it does a bit better than Ghostbusters: Answer The Call, the last blockbuster to gender-swap an iconic franchise property.

But whether it succeeds or fails, this lot will still be waiting in the wings.

Click the slideshow to see nine new women-led movies that are all riffing on properties we usually associate with blokes.

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