Keanu Reeves To Become a Samurai in 47 Ronin
by Alex Billington
December 8, 2008
Like Tom Cruise before him, Keanu Reeves is set to become a samurai swordsmen in an epic period film titled 47 Ronin for Universal Pictures. The screenplay is being written by Chris Morgan, one of the co-writers of Wanted and The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift. The film is based on the true story of a band of samurai swordsmen who avenged the death of their master on December 14th, 1702 in Japan. Reeves will play one of the swordsmen and the film will be a stylized version of the story, mixing fantasy elements of the sort seen in Lord of the Rings with gritty battle scenes like to those in Gladiator.
Apparently Chris Morgan is writing the script and tailoring Reeves' character so that he can fit in the role as one of the swordsmen. Universal is hoping to start shooting next year after a director is hired. Before I even get to my comments on Reeves, they better cast Ken Watanabe in this as one of the samurai or else I will be quite upset. As for Reeves, like Tom Cruise in The Last Samurai, I don't completely mind that he's taking on a role like this. I'm a Reeves apologizer and generally like his acting when he's in the right roles. And don't forget that he's only one of the samurai, so we can hope to see other Asian actors as well. Thoughts?