Keanu Reeves is the internet’s sweetheart. Everything he does is pure gold. His tales of humility and honesty have given him quite the reputation as a man with a high reach but who still prefers to look down and remember his roots. Reeves’ Career took off with The Matrix trilogy which showed him play the part of Neo, the lead protagonist in the series. Several Other movies Reeves starred in include The Devil’s Advocate, Speed, and Constantine. In the 2000’s, Reeves’ career took a nose dive when he starred in some pretty rough Box office Bombs. It was only after he played the role of John Wick in the cult classic movie of the same name that he again soared through the skies. Netflix has taken into account his recent return to stardom to make a sequel to one of his greatest failures – the Samurai themed 47 Ronin.
47 Ronin was a poorly received movie that had Keanu Reeves plays the lead role. It was based on the classic Japanese tale of the 47 Ronin who avenged the death of their master. Ron Yuan is the one that has been roped in by Netflix to direct the new 47 Ronin sequel. Ron Yuan is known for playing a supporting role in Mulan. The movie will be produced by Universal 1440 Entertainment, a subsidiary unit of Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.
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When asked about his latest Project with Netflix, Ron Yuan gave some very vague and cryptic statements that could mean a lot of things. Here is what he said:
“I’m incredibly excited to be working with Universal and the producing team on this genre-blending, martial arts, action, horror and cyber-punk film,” Ron Yuan said in his official statement to the press. “This will be a fun, intense, supercharged thrill ride for viewers globally.”
Now the million dollar question is that whether Keanu Reeves will e coming back to play the lead in the sequel. What we know so far is that Reeves is busy with his upcoming projects of The Matrix 4 and the new John Wick movie. There is not much time left in his busy schedule to opt in for the Cyberpunk 47 Ronin sequel. So as much as we all would like Keanu to dress up like a futuristic samurai and slice up robot hunter-killers, there is a high chance the movie might be looking at another actor for the role. Considering the backlash the original 47 Ronin movie got for starring Keanu instead of an Asian Origin Actor, Netflix, known for pooling in a diverse cast to evade unnecessary criticism, will ensure they get the right actor for the role.
Carl Rinsch directed the first 47 Ronin movie. The 2013 movie was based on the classic Chushingura tale of 47 masterless samurai (known as Ronins in Japanese terminology) on a path of vengeance. Reeves played the role of Kai, a half English, half Japanese Samurai who led the 47 Ronin in their final battle against Lord Kira and the Evil Witch named Mizuki. The film used a heavy dosage of mythological elements that it mixed with fantasy and Japanese Folklore. This was the reason it flopped since it divided and polarized the viewers.
Ron Yuan, the Director of the said movie, will be seen playing Sergeant Qiang in Disney’s Live Action Mulan Remake. The movie is set to release on Disney+ Premier Access on the 4th of September this year.