Do you remember hearing about Keanu Reeves starring in an epic Asian drama? You don’t? Does the name 47 Ronin sound familiar to you? Still nothing? OK, here’s the deal: a couple years ago Reeves started developing a feature film based on a famous story about a group of Japanese samurais. The project went through its fair share of pitfalls but the actor has stayed on board and according to Variety, the film is picking up speed.
The trade reports that four actors have joined the cast of 47 Ronin, and they include Tadanobu Asano, Rinko Kikuchi, Hiroyuki Sanada and Kou Shibasaki. Most of these actors aren’t recognizable to American audiences. The only one we’re familiar with is Hiroyuki Sanada, and that’s because he appeared on the final season of “Lost” where he played Dogen. Everyone else is a blank slate to us.
In the film Reeves will play the lead role, which was written with him in mind by Chris Morgan and Hossein Amini. The plot will center on a band of samurai swordsmen who avenge the death of their master in 18th century Japan.
What do you think of the cast of 47 Ronin? Are you familiar with anyone besides Reeves?