Keanu Reeves To Bring Emotional Weight to ‘Jekyll’


I get a lot of flack for making fun of Keanu Reeves. People ask why I do it, although the answer seems fairly obvious. I think he’s a terrible actor.

I have no idea how the guy who air-guitared with three brain cells as Ted sneaked his way into becoming a viable movie star, especially since every performance he gives is the same Xanax-infused delivery. So, of course I’m going to lament whenever he’s cast in anything that might be good. Like an adaptation of “Cowboy Bebop” or like this upcoming project – the 400th adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.”

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Universal has hired Keanu to star in the project (simply-titled Jekyll) written by Revolutionary Road screenwriter Justin Haythe.

Forgive me for lacking the vision, but I just can’t see Keanu summoning up the intensity to play the embodiment of evil. Mr. Hyde is an iconic literary character that represents the id, represents the darkest parts of mankind, represents the culmination of every twisted thought that doesn’t get acted upon. I’m not sure the manifested dark thoughts of men can be fully brought to life with a “Whoa.”

Luckily, Universal is also planning another Jekyll project with Guillermo del Toro that will most likely get started after the director tackles his huge list of current projects.

Maybe I’m wrong. Justin Haythe is a strong writer, and maybe his writing will be foundation enough for even a lackluster actor to give the character life. Plus, the project is trying to get fantastic Danish director Nicholas Winding Refn to helm which would definitely be a win.

What do you think? Should I be giving this more of a chance? Should I be giving peace a chance?

A veteran of writing about movies for nearly a decade, Scott Beggs has been the Managing Editor of Film School Rejects since 2009. Despite speculation, he is not actually Walter Mathau's grandson. See? He can't even spell his name right.

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