Keanu Reeves to play a Samurai Swordsman

by Joey Paur

Thats right folks, Keanu Reeves is back in action! he will star in a upcoming epic period film at Universal Pictures called '47 RONIN' which is based on the true story of a band of samurai warriors who avenge the death of their master in the 18th century. Sounds pretty freakin awesome! I Just wish Keanu wasn't in it. Variety reports:

Chris Morgan, who co-wrote "Wanted" and penned the upcoming "Fast and Furious" for Universal, is writing the script. Scott Stuber will produce through his Stuber Prods. banner.

In "47 Ronin," he will play one of the swordsmen; the group and their master are revered in Japan for their revenge attack on Dec. 14, 1702.

The film will tell a stylized version of the story, mixing fantasy elements of the sort seen in "The Lord of the Rings" pics, with gritty battle scenes akin to those in films such as "Gladiator."
Morgan is writing the script and tailoring it so that Reeves -- who's half-Asian -- can fit the role as one of the swordsmen. The intention is to begin shooting next year after a director is hired.

I don't know about you, but I love Samurai movies! Its been a long time since I have seen a really good one. All the best samurai movies are the old classics. The most recent one I can remember being made was Tom Cruises 'The Last Samurai' which had it's moments, but ultimately was just a weak film. Who knows how this one will end up. I hope it ends up being decent. 

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