Keanu Reeves Set for Directorial Debut

Keanu Reeves, man of frowns, hasn’t made a movie in a while. Has post-Matrix life mellowed out the Canadian actor? Well, maybe. Deadline reports that Keanu is gearing up to make his directorial debut, Man of Tai Chi, which will be distributed by Universal Studios. Reeves is now 47 (wow!), and it’s the perfect time for a career shift, at least until The Matrix prequels get greenlit.

Tai Chi will be an action drama set in modern Beijing about "the spiritual journey of a young martial artist whose skills create both vast opportunities and painful choices." So, like every other kung-fu movie. Which is not a bad thing! Kung-fu movies are great, if you have friends and sometimes like to drink before you go to the theater.

More seriously, it’ll be a great bridge between his Asian heritage and Western audiences. The lead role will be played by Tiger Chen, and Keanu will co-star in some unspecified role. Filming starts in February, so get excited for a trailer sometime in the next 9-to-36 months.

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