After the release of the second Bill & Ted Face The Music trailer – in which they announced that will debut in streaming parallel to the theatrical release– The iconic duo of Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter reunited with new generation of actresses Samara Weaving and Brigette Lundy-Paine, as well as writers Chris Matheson, Ed Solomon and film director Dean Parisot during Comic-Con for explain the process behind this iconic comeback.
During the panel, the creative team explained the game to bring Bill and Ted back 30 years after the premiere of Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey, the insertion of daughters Thea Preston and Billie Logan in this new story and the closeness with the movies. by John Wick.
The return of Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter
Three decades have passed since Reeves and Winter starred in one of pop culture’s most iconic films, and according to writer Ed Solomon, it was hard to find new faces to play Bill and Ted. However, there was a version that the producers asked for and the writers initially rejected.
Initially, we had an idea from the producers to bring Bill and Ted back. They reviewed the books, but Chris and I were like, « Oh, no, we don’t want to repeat it like that. » So we had this other idea that we thought: what would happen if we just killed them? thus they would go to hell and not enter it surprisingly. Until we flew to Massachusetts and coincidentally Keanu (Reeves) was in a play like Shakespeare. While there, we said: ‘ok, we have two ideas, the first one they want us to do and this one’. If we hadn’t had Keanu’s endorsement, who basically said there is no way to do the former, we would have had to do the weird version.
Although practically Reeves and Winter had easy access to return to interpret their characters, they also revealed how their audition was for the first installment. « It was an extremely difficult and rigorous process, » Reeves says sarcastically about his third audition.
I remember that in the end there were around 10 artists and we rotated. Sometimes we played Bill, sometimes Ted and we interacted with each other, « Reeves said.
While for Winter it was not such a pleasant experience for being such a long and time-consuming process:
« It was exhausting and I would say it is unnecessarily prolonged. »
Bill & Ted Face The Music will premiere on September 1, 2020 and you can see the full panel with Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter talking about their first audition and the process to bring back this classic movie 30 years later:
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Susana Guzmán De la O Writing and cinema are my greatest loves. I admire Tarkovski, but cry every time I see Up.