No matter how big of a star one becomes, at some point in life one gets rejected for the roles one aspires to play. Keanu Reeves is one of the leading actors in Hollywood. He has had a passion for acting since a very young age and that’s why he decided to pursue acting as a professional career. He made his first acting debut in the film named Youngblood released in 1986.
Keanu Reeves has no shortage of getting offers from big film franchises. He has worked in several well-known movies like John Wick, The Matrix, Constantine, To The Bone, and others. Even after starring in big projects, he was turned down for a role in the famous The Lord Of The Rings film series.
Keanu Reeves Desperately Wanted A Role In The Lord Of The Rings
Peter Jackson, the famous director helmed the trilogy of this famous franchise. In past interviews, Keanu Reeves have always shown enthusiasm for working with the director. But unfortunately the role Reeves was aiming for went on to some other actor. It can’t be said that The Matrix actor didn’t even try, as according to him he tried his best to convince the director. In conversation with an Australian magazine named Rip it up, he mentioned the character he wanted to play in The Lord Of The Rings.
” I’m petitioning to play Strider. I’d love to work with [Peter Jackson], but I’m not sure if it’s going to go ahead. I hope I can.”
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Keanu Reeves didn’t give up campaigning to get the role in the franchise. He even was ready to go begging to the director for the role and asked his team to make some calls. But he never had the LOTR role written in his fate.
“Peter Jackson is doing that and I might have to go begging for the role. I have people making calls right now. Hopefully, he’ll think I’m right for the part. I’m the man. I’m there.”
The director chose Viggo Peter Mortensen Jr to portray the role of The Strider. That’s why Keanu Reeves didn’t end up being in the franchise.
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New The Lord Of The Rings Movie In the Making?
After the end of the trilogy series in the year 2003, Amazon Studios came up with their series in 2022. The Rings of Power series received immense love from fans and was also watched by over 100 million people globally. Now looks like the viewers will also be getting a new Lord of the Rings movie from Warner Bros. The studio has already signed a deal with Middle Earth Enterprises for future films.
Ahead of that, an animated movie of The Lord Of the Rings: The War of the Rohirrim will grace the screens in the year 2024. The film is helmed by Kenji Kamiyama and the script is penned down by J.R.R Tolkien. The voice actors have already been confirmed and a brief plot is disclosed as well. The story will focus on the untold story of Helm’s Deep Fortress and the life of the King of Rohan – Helm Hammerland.
The film will hit the theatres on April 12th, 2024.
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