Keanu Reeves is a sucker for a franchise. This year alone he’s starred in John Wick: Chapter 3 (with a fourth film confirmed for 2021), made his debut in Toy Story 4 as the lovable action figure Duke Caboom, confirmed to return to the role of Bill in Bill and Ted Face the Music and Neo in The Matrix 4, and is currently figuring out how he can join the ever-expanding MCU.
And now, we can confirm that Keanu Reeves is in talks to join the Fast & Furious franchise. Man, aren’t you tired?
The gritty actor would be the perfect addition to the already stellar cast, bringing a refreshing sense of darkness to one of their summer blockbusters. However, we’re unsure if Reeves is set to join the primary series of films, taking a role alongside Cardi B in F&F 9, or if he’s eyeing up a place in a ‘Fast and Furious Presents’ spin-off, similar to this year’s Hobbs and Shaw.
Either way, Chris Morgan – screenwriter for all of the Fast and Furious films since Tokyo Drift – spoke to ScreenRant about how much he desires Keanu to join the cinematic universe one way or another.
“I sat down with him and we’re talking about. I wanted him to be in the Fast universe for a very long time. We’re just trying to find… the hardest thing is always time and competing schedules and then designing the right thing together. My fervent desire is to bring him into this franchise for sure.”
And he’s not the only one in the Fast $ Furious franchise keen to recruit Keanu on-board. David Leitch, director of Hobbs and Shaw, spoke to Hollywood Reporter about discussions he had with the John Wick actor regarding an appearance in his 2019 spin-off.
“I had been talking to Keanu periodically through the shooting of it all and looking for opportunities of where it could be. I also wanted to make sure that it was enough — a real promise for something legitimate in the future — and wasn’t just a stunt casting role. We started to populate the movie with all these other personalities, and I just didn’t really think that we needed it, although I would’ve loved it.”
Considering Keanu’s busy schedule and the fact that Fast & Furious 9 began filming in February, it seems we’ll probably have wait until after 2020 to see Keanu in a F&F film. Knowing that he’s enthusiastic about joining the series will just have to be enough for us, for now.
Fast & Furious 9 is scheduled to release on 22nd May 2020.
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