Keanu Reeves ditched his futuristic “Matrix” persona and became a bearded Japanese man on the set of his latest movie “47 Ronin“. The 47-year-old actor has been caught on camera sporting a red traditional Japanese robe during the shooting of the film in Shepperton Studios, London.
In the martial art movie, Reeves portrays Kai, an outcast who joins the leader of the 47 Ronin named Oishi. Together, they seek vengeance upon the treacherous overload who killed their master and banished their kind. To restore honor to their homeland, the warriors embark upon a quest that challenges them with a series of trials that would destroy ordinary warriors.
Back in April, during an interview with MTV, Reeves opened up about his character details. He said, “I call it a story of revenge and impossible love. The samurai become outcast and decide to enact Kai is an outsider, a kind of half-breed with a mysterious past, who’s in love with the princess and she’s in love with me, but we can’t be together.”
Serving as the director for “Ronin 47″ is Carl Rinsch, while Chris Morgan and Hossein Amini team up to provide the script. According to MarketSaw, the fantasy-adventure film is also set to be filmed in Budapest, Hungary, and will be shot in 3D using the Red Epics camera. Universal Pictures has scheduled to release the movie on November 21, 2012 in theaters across the U.S.
Keanu Reeves took his time visiting Hong Kong during his work. Photo: baidu
Keanu Reeves is busy looking for a female lead for his Kung Fu movie “Man of Tai Chi” in Beijing and Hong Kong right now, The New Express reports.Josie Ho, daughter of the Gambling mogul Stanley Ho, was recently spotted having a meeting with Keanu Reeves. Other big names, including “The Sorcerer and the White Snake” star Eva Hung, Mou Girl Zhou Dongyu and Crystal Liu are also on Reeves’ shortlist.Some reports have indicated that Reeves is looking for someone “not that beautiful but with the spirit of the orient.”
Meanwhile, he also auditioned 10 other Hong Kong actors for cameo roles in his movie such as Bernice Liu, Ti Lung, Chow Chun-Wai and Michael Tong.
Casting auditions should be concluded before the end of 2011, according to Reeves’s schedule.
With an investment of nearly 200 million RMB from Village Roadshow and the China Film Group, “Man of Tai Chi” will mark the first time for Reeves takes the helm as director. Chinese Kung Fu master Yuen Woo-Ping will choreograph the movie. Chen Hu, the Kung Fu coach for Reeves, will perform as the lead character while Reeves will play against him as a villain.
The movie will start shooting in February 2012 on the Mainland, Hong Kong and Macau.
Keanu Reeves is currently in Hong Kong preparing and casting for his directorial debut film MAN OF TAI CHI. The film is to star Tiger Hu Chen, a key member of the MATRIX stunt team; with Reeves himself playing the villain. One of the actors Keanu is rumored to have met up with is Hong Kong actor Simon Yam Tat-Wah (IP MAN 1 & 2, ELECTION 1 & 2 and BODYGUARDS AND ASSASSINS).
A few months ago, Reeves had disclosed that the film was to include 18 fight scenes with a total fight time of around 40 minutes. To prepare for his role, Reeves will soon commence intensive martial arts training with famous action choreographer Yuen Woo Ping, who will be in charge of the action scenes in MAN OF TAI CHI. The pair previously worked together on the MATRIX Trilogy.
I particularly love this picture taken on the set of Henry’s Crime so I chose it as “picture of the day”
Keanu Reeves leaving Madeo Restaurant on November 4, 2011