Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Keanu Reeves Will Topline 47 Ronin

Keanu Reeves (The Day the Earth Stood Still) will star in 47 Ronin, an epic period film for Universal Pictures based on the true tale of a band of samurai swordsmen who avenged the death of their master in 18th century Japan.

Chris Morgan, who co-wrote Wanted and penned the upcoming Fast & Furious for Universal, is writing the script. Scott Stuber will produce through his Stuber Productions.

Reeves will play one of the swordsmen; the group and their master are revered in Japan for their revenge attack on Dec. 14, 1702.

The film will tell a stylized version of the story, mixing fantasy elements of the sort seen in "The Lord of the Rings" films, with gritty battle scenes akin to those in films such as Gladiator.

Not sure if Keanu Reeves is the ideal person to be playing this part, but I guess were going to have to wait and see. The story doesn't sound too interesting either.


Fletch said...

I like Keanu and all, but would it be that hard to, I don't know, develop/cast an Asian-American actor? I know Keeenu is of a mixed ethnicity, but I'm sick of seeing (mostly) white doods play roles they don't really belong in.

And sorry, but accurate or no, the title is too similar to Ronin. Call it something else.

Farzan said...

yes, I agree with you. Same thing with the upcoming DragonBall movie where we have a white dude playing as Goku. I also think they should change the name of the movie as you pointed out, it sounds too similar to Ronin.