Before Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne and Carrie-Anne Moss, The Wachoswkis had some very different cast members in mind for The Matrix. The directors initially offered the roles of Neo, Morpheus and Trinity to Will Smith, Sean Connery and Janet Jackson, all of whom turned down the film. That’s just one of the facts packed into the latest episode of You Think You Know Movies, which swallows a big, red pill with The Matrix!
The last time we saw Keanu Reeves, he was the unstoppable title character in the instant action-classic John Wick. So watching the trailer for director Eli Roth’s Knock Knock is bound to give you whiplash, as the beloved actor has never looked weaker or more vulnerable. Reeves is odd casting for an ordinary father and husband who finds himself terrorized by two insane women, but that may very well be the point. He’s the last guy we’d expect to see so thoroughly wrecked.
With the thoughtless murder of the cutest beagle puppy on the planet, a bunch of Russian mobsters awoke a slumbering giant: John Wick, played by Keanu Reeves, the world’s greatest and Keanuiest assassin. Wick, who’d retired from the hit man life to settle down with his beloved wife (who’s dead now too), destroys his tastefully decorated basement, retrieves a cache of weapons hidden under his floor, and swears revenge on the men who killed his adorable dog. That was the premise of John Wick, last year’s thoroughly satisfying action thriller from directors Chad Stahelski and David Leitch.
Earlier this week, it was reported that ‘John Wick’ directors Chad Stahelski and David Leitch are developing a sequel to our favorite action flick from 2014, which would see Keanu Reeves reprising his role as the brooding hero. Now it looks like a sequel might not be all we’re getting from the ‘John Wick’ universe, as Lionsgate has revealed tentative plans to make an entire franchise based on the film.
Nicolas Winding Refn’s next film already had us stoked—a female-driven horror film set in Hollywood from the director of ‘Drive’ and ‘Only God Forgives’ already sounds pretty amazing, but apparently it gets even better: the film has just added ‘Mad Men’'s Christina Hendricks and everyone’s current favorite badass, Keanu Reeves.
‘John Wick’ was perhaps the most surprising movie of 2014. It’s a movie we didn't think much of before we saw it, but after we did, we couldn't stop talking about it. The world of John Wick is one that we wanted to revisit almost immediately after the credits rolled, and now that the film is on DVD and Blu-ray, we can do that. But, what about John Wick's return in a new adventure? Directors Chad Stahelski and David Leitch confirmed that they're working on a ‘John Wick 2’ and that it will “awesome.”
It may still be a long while yet before Eli Roth’s cannibal horror flick ‘The Green Inferno’ is finally released (we saw it at Fantastic Fest back in 2013 and really enjoyed it), but there’s a new Roth film on the horizon: ‘Knock Knock,’ starring Keanu Reeves as a doting husband and father who gets in over his head when two beautiful young women come to his door. The film just premiered at Sundance last night, where it’s already garnering some mixed reviews (as all Roth films do), and though it has no official U.S. release date just yet, you can watch the first teaser right now.
Coming off of a pretty successful weekend with his newest action flick 'John Wick' (number two at the box office isn't too shabby), Keanu Reeves is enjoying a rather nice period in his career -- and so are we. Following two well-executed action flicks in a row, Reeves will now return to the realm of sci-fi for his upcoming film 'Replicas,' which reunites him with his producer from 'The Matrix' trilogy.
'John Wick' is an action movie so bursting with colorful characters and personality that you can't help but devise your own drinking game while watching it. Well, we've gone ahead and saved you the trouble: welcome to the "Completely Unofficial Official (And Highly Dangerous) 'John Wick' Drinking Game."
Good news for video game players, bad news for all the bad dudes you're going to take down: you'll be able to play as Keanu Reeves' character from 'John Wick' in the Payday 2 video game, thanks to a free download update available to players courtesy of Lionsgate. Sorry, he doesn't come with that really cute puppy, though.