Bill & Ted fans have been given a glimpse of what they can expect from the long-awaited third film in the slacker time travel franchise – and they may want to have those air guitar celebrations at the ready.
It’s been 27 years since Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves last played Bill S. Preston Esquire and Ted Theodore Logan and a lot has changed for both actors since then.
Reeves blew-up to become a bona fide A-list star while Winter has been busy working behind the camera with a recent documentary on the dangers of the dark web well worth a watch and currently available to view on Netflix.
Now the pair look set to finally reunite in Bill & Ted Face The Music. There will be no Rufus this time though, following the sad passing of co-star George Carlin in 2008.
Original writers Ed Solomon and Chris Matheson are confident of delivering a sequel that does justice to the original movies while also paying tribute to the efforts of people like Carlin.
Speaking to Digital Spy the duo lifted the lid on what fans can expect from Bill & Ted Face The Music. For starters, the film will see Bill and ted return as middle aged men, struggling to adapt to the changing world around them.
“We have been working for almost 10 years to get this thing made; Alex Winter, Keanu Reeves, Chris Matheson, me… we have a director – Dean Parisot, who did Galaxy Quest– Steven Soderbergh is one of our producers. We have a wonderful assembly of people,” Solomon said.
“This is not, ‘Hey let’s all cash-in on the Bill & Ted thing for money’ – this is the opposite. This is, ‘We love these characters, they’ve been with us for our whole lives’ – Chris and me, and Alex and Keanu – and we wanted to visit them again as middle-aged men. We thought it would be really fun, and funny, and sweet.”
In a unique and potentially awesome twist, Bill and Ted will travel back in time and interact with their younger selves as well as Carlin as Rufus, using existing footage from the previous movies.
“There’s actually a scene – one of my favourite scenes in the whole movie – where middle-aged, 50-year-old Bill and Ted return to the Circle K and see their teen selves and Rufus, and actually interact with their teenage selves, played by their actual teenage selves.”
The sequel comes as Reeves continues to enjoy a renaissance of sorts, with the John Wick franchise thrusting the Matrix star back into the limelight and the top of the box office standings after a few years away.
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