Long before he was known as the mystical Neo in the Matrix trilogy or the assassin John Wick, Keanu Reeves was most known for a more comedic role. Reeves starred as slacker Ted “Theodore” Logan alongside Alex Winters in 1989’s Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure and 1991’s Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey. Now, more than 25 years later, Reeves has revealed new details on a long-awaited third film in the series.
Reeves appeared onstage today at New York Comic Con to promote his upcoming sci-fi film, Replicas, when he announced the title and plot details for the third Bill & Ted film.
The title for the long-gestating sequel is Bill & Ted Face the Music, which makes more sense once you understand the plot of the film.
In the original two films, it’s revealed that the music of the two characters’ band, Wyld Stallyns, has created a utopian future for the planet Earth.
Reeves says that in the upcoming third film, Bill and Ted will be married with children of their own but will still be struggling to create the music that will create their utopian future.
“Bill and Ted are playing to nobody and they’re still trying to write the song to save the world, and it’s just weighing on them,” says Reeves.
“But then the future comes and says, [mimes tapping wristwatch] ‘You gotta [save the world]! You gotta write the song!’ And so begins facing the music.”
Of course, with any Bill & Ted movie, there’s likely to be time travel involved, though Reeves hasn’t revealed how that angle will play into the new film.
Late comedian George Carlin played Rufus in the original two films, a character sent back in time to ensure that Bill and Ted go on to create that utopian society. Reeves says it’s no longer a matter of “if” but “when” the new film will be made.