On Thursday, actors John Cena and Hailee Steinfeld joined 21 children from the Make-A-Wish Foundation and their families in New York City to light up the Empire State Building.

WWE superstar Cena and 22-year-old Steinfeld helped light up the iconic building yellow and black in honor of their new movie Bumblebeea prequel to the Transformers film franchise.

In it, Steinfeld plays a teenage girl from 1980s San Francisco named Charlie Watson who discovers that her beetle car is actually Bumblebee, an Autobot Transformer robot from another universe. Cena plays a military general in the film, which is directed by Travis Knight. 

The stars also attended an exclusive screening of their action film, which is now playing in theaters.


Make-A-Wish is an organization dedicated to granting wishes to children with life-threatening diseases. Cena has already worked with dozens of kids as part of his work with the group. The 41-year-old also recently received the Sports Illustrated Muhammad Ali Legacy Award for his humanitarian work.

Cena has landed several movie roles in major Hollywood movies in recent years, including Trainwreck, Daddy’s Home 2 and Ferdinand. Meanwhile, Steinfeld has been busy both as an actress and as a singer, with hits like “Most Girls,” “Let Me Go” and “Capital Letters.”

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