Next year, Keanu Reeves turns 50 — no really! — but it's the seemingly ageless actor's fans who might get a present to mark the occasion. As Reeves approaches the mid-century mark, he's considering a turn back to the film franchise that earned him so many of those fans in his youth.
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In 1989, Reeves joined Alex Winter in "Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure," and the slacker sensation hit big screens again in 1991, when Ted "Theodore" Logan and Bill S. Preston (Alex Winter) returned for a "Bogus Journey." And soon, they could be back.
"I'm open to the idea of that," Reeves revealed during a Monday morning visit to TODAY. "I think it's pretty surreal, playing 'Bill & Ted' at 50. But we have a good story in that. You can see the life and joy in those characters, and I think the world can always use some life and joy."
And that "Bill & Ted" talk isn't just idle speculation. According to Reeves, there's actually a story in the works.
"Yeah, there's a story; there's a script," he said. "We're trying to get the dough together to make this crazy story."
As for where Bill and Ted would be nowadays and whether or not they've left their band, the Wyld Stallyns, behind, Reeves only promised "they do indeed evolve." But that's all he had to say on the topic — for now.
"I can talk about it, but I shouldn't talk about it," he teased. "But I could talk about it, but it's ... interesting."
No matter what, one thing is for sure — Ted, like Reeves, won't look his age.
"You know, it's ancestry," Reeves said of his undeniable knack for keeping the years at bay. "Yes, indeed, because it's not me. I could probably take better care of myself. My ancestors gave me some good genes."
See the not-yet-50 star in his latest film, "47 Ronin," which he bills as a film about "honor, sacrifice, revenge and impossible love" — and plenty of "samurai sword fighting." It opens nationwide on Christmas day.