Keanu Reeves is Klaatu in The Day the Earth Stood Still Remake
We were the first ones to break the news that a Day the Earth Stood Still remake was on the way, and now we bring you the next bit of news related to the remake. The Matrix star Keanu Reeves has signed on to play Klaatu, the humanoid alien that lands on Earth. Production on the remake will likely begin in late fall this year or early 2008, meaning the expected release date of May 2008 is probably no longer true. Somewhat exciting news for this highly talked about remake, but is it the perfect choice?
As also confirmed via rumors early on, the film will be directed by Scott Derrickson (The Exorcism of Emily Rose) with a script by David Scarpa. In the film, the alien Klaatu lands on Earth accompanied by an indestructible, heavily armed robot called Gort and delivers a warning to world leaders that their continued aggression will lead to annihilation by species watching from afar.
Is this the right move? Our original breaking news article had quite a bit of discussion in the comments about who would be perfect to play Klaatu and I don't think Reeves name was ever mentioned. With a director, screenwriter, and now a star, how is this remake coming along? More Hollywood fodder or something actually entertaining in the works?