Keanu Reeves Gives Plot Details On '47 Ronin,' His Samurai Tale Of 'Revenge And Impossible Love'
by Aly Semigran
Keanu Reeves is clearly stoked about his upcoming samurai film "47 Ronin." And he has every right to be. The project, which is directed by Carl Erik Rinsch, has been years and years in the making.
When MTV News caught up with Reeves, the actor excitedly shared details about the flick, which screenwriter Chris Morgan has previously described to us as a "'Gladiator'-esque, '300'-like big action movie with samurai and ninja."
"I call it a story of revenge and impossible love," Reeves said. The 46-year-old actor went on to explain that in the film, "The samurai become outcast and decide to enact revenge on the person who is responsible for the death of their lord."
In the movie, which is not only 3-D, but as Reeves describes it "kind of a Western," the star plays the character Kai, "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."
"But," Reeves assured, "during this journey and revenge, things change." All together now: Whoa.
In case Reeves' description of the flick wasn't enticing enough, the fact that he'll be in a sword fight with Hiroyuki Sanada ("The Last Samurai," "Sunshine," "Lost") ought to do it. Reeves recalled, "[I] just finished a sword fight a couple of weeks ago with a great actor named Hiroyuki Sanada." He said of his "47 Ronin" co-star, "He's fantastic."