Your First Look At Keanu Reeves And Alex Winter In Bill & Ted Face The Music
Providing us all with a much-needed hit of nostalgia, Keanu Reeves has taken to Twitter to confirm that yes, Bill & Ted will get a third adventure. The news comes after rumours of a third film have been running rampant for years, with fans desperately pining for their favourite comedic duo to return on screen…albeit, a little aged, perhaps a little wiser, and sporting a few more greys.
Actors Alex Winter and Reeves – aka William “Bill” S Preston Esq and Theodore “Ted” Logan – broke the news in a short promotional video filmed at the Hollywood Bowl. Thanking “you the fans,” the pair said the new film would “hopefully” shoot in the summer.
Well, if recent images released by Entertainment Weekly are anything to go by, filming has well and truly commenced as Reeves and Winter appear in character in images posted to Instagram.
Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure and Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey were released in 1989 and 1991 respectively, and proved to be unexpectedly popular with audiences. The first instalment saw the hilarious duo travel through time to bring significant figures back to present day California to help them pass their school history report. The second adventure then saw them famously take on Death at Battleships, parodying Ingmar Bergman’s ‘The Seventh Seal’.
While Winter has gone on to act in various projects, Reeves was catapulted into mega-stardom. The actor has come to be regarded as one of the greatest action stars of all time, his name being synonymous with the role of Neo in The Matrix where he performed some of the most iconic action sequences in recent history.
Winter however, has been vehemently pitching a third film for years. At one point, there were rumblings of a third adventure being on the cards at the Cannes Film Festival in May of last year, but these were never solidified.
Reeves has shown support for the project, telling NBC’s Today Show in 2013 that he’s “open to the idea,” adding, “I think it’s pretty surreal, playing Bill and Ted at 50. But we have a good story in that. You can see the life and joy in those characters, and I think the world can always use some life and joy.”
Franchise writers Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon have penned the script for Bill & Ted Face the Music, with Matheson going on to say: "They were told when they were teenagers that they were going to save reality, and they've been working on it the whole time. Now an emissary from the future comes and says, 'You've got to do it right now. We've got literally 80 minutes or all of reality will come to an end.'"
Samara Weaving and Brigette Lundy-Paine are rumoured to be starring alongside Reeves and Winter as the daughters of Bill and Ted. Kid Cudi is also slated to star in the film, alongside Kristen Schaal, Anthony Carrigan, Erinn Hayes, Jayma Mays, Jillian Bell, Holland Taylor, Beck Bennett, William Sadler, Hal Landon Jr. and Amy Stoch.
A press release for the film also suggests that time travel will be involved:
“Following 1989’s Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure and 1991’s Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey, the stakes are higher than ever for William “Bill” S. Preston Esq. (Winter) and Theodore “Ted” Logan (Reeves). Yet to fulfil their rock-and-roll destiny, the now middle-aged best friends set out on a new adventure, when a visitor from the future warns them that only their song can save life as we know it and bring harmony to the universe. Along the way, they will be helped by their families, old friends, and a few music legends.”
Now, the first trailer for the film has hit the internet, promising "a new adventure to seek the song that will set their world right and bring harmony in the universe, with the help of their daughters, a new batch of historical figures and a few music legends. Check it out below.
The film will be directed by Galaxy Quest’s Dean Parisot, with screenplay from Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon, the writing team behind the first two Bill & Ted movies.