Time comes for us all, even when you have a phone booth time machine. In the case of Bill S. Preston Esq. and Ted Theodore Logan III, time is running out. No, they’re not going to die of old age, even though Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves have aged significantly since playing the bros last time in Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey in 1991. Instead, after all this time trying to write the music that’s going to save the world, it turns out they now only only have 80 minutes to make it happen, or we’re all doomed.
Franchise writers Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon are back in charge of the sequel’s script, but behind the camera will be Galaxy Quest director Dean Parisot, the perfect person to take this duo on yet another cosmic, time-hopping quest to save humanity.
As you can see, Bill and Ted are still cruising around in that time traveling phone booth. Their style and their faces have certainly changed. While they don’t look remarkably different from their younger selves, Reeves does look rather odd with long hair and no beard, which is how we’ve been used to seeing him for awhile now thanks to the John Wick franchise.
This time they won’t be time traveling with George Carlin, since the comedian unfortunately left us back in 2008. But there will be a new time traveling emissary played by Flight of the Conchords and Bob’s Burgers star Kristen Schaal, so that should be fun.
Has the duo matured at all? That remains to be seen. But we know each of them has a daughter who will be joining them on their quest this time. Samara Weaving Ready or Not will play Bill’s daughter Thea, and Brigette Lundy-Paine Atypical will play Ted’s offspring Billie. Both of them seem to have inherited their father’s cool fashion choices, just in a contemporary way.
Yes, that’s rapper Kid Cudi pictured with Bill and Ted’s daughters. He’s actually playing himself in the movie. Director Dean Parisot explained to Entertainment Weekly:
“He gets mysteriously thrown around through various times, because all time and space is coming unglued.”
Could that mean we’ll see some other interesting cameos in the movie? We certainly hope so. We know William Sadler will be back as the Grim Reaper. Parisot reminds fans that he was part of Wyld Stallyns in Bogus Journey, but he teases, “Things didn’t go all that well. But I’ll leave it at that!” So we’re betting Death gets kicked out of the band pretty quickly.
Otherwise, new cast members include Saturday Night Live cast member Beck Bennett as Ted’s younger brother Logan which means he’s named Logan Logan.
It’s still hard to believe this is really happening, but Bill and Ted 3, aka Bill and Ted Face the Music, is a real movie that we’ll actually get to see this year. After years of rumors and false starts, a third Bill and Ted movie is ready to bring back Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter as the Wyld Stallyns in their adulthood. A new, official Bill and Ted 3 image gives us a look at Reeves and Winter in character, awaiting us with open arms.
I have to get this out of the way first: I cannot get used to clean-shaven Keanu Reeves. I know the actor has appeared clean-shaven in films before – including the first two Bill and Ted films. But Reeves’ facial hair has become such a big part of his overall look that to see him now beard-free is just…odd. At least in still image form. Perhaps it’ll look perfectly normal in action, but in this pic – which first debuted at Empire – it’s slightly off-putting.
In Bill and Ted Face the Music, “Now enduring the monotony of middle-aged life, William ‘Bill’ S. Preston, Esq. and Theodore ‘Ted’ Logan are warned by a visitor from the future of the need for them to create a song that will save all life on Earth and the entire universe. The pair work with their families, old friends, famous musicians, and each other to complete the task.”
In addition to Winter and Reeves reprising their roles, Face the Music also features Brigette Lundy-Paine as Billie Logan, Ted’s daughter; and Samara Weaving as Thea Preston, Bill’s daughter. William Sadler is back as the Grim Reaper, and Barry break-out Anthony Carrigan plays the film’s villain. Other cast members include Jillian Bell, Kid Cudi, Beck Bennett, Holland Taylor, and Kristen Schaal. Galaxy Quest filmmaker Dean Parisot directs a script from Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon.
“They were told when they were teenagers that they were going to save reality, and they’ve been working on it the whole time,” Matheson told EW. “Now an emissary from the future comes and says, ‘You’ve got to do it right now. We’ve got literally 80 minutes or all of reality will come to an end.'”
Bill and Ted Face the Music opens August 22, 2020.
It’s almost time for Adventure Time to return to our screens. The acclaimed Cartoon Network show is making a short comeback on HBO Max in the form of four animated specials that catch up with our favorite residents of the Land of Ooo. As we near the May launch of HBO Max, the streamer has released the first Adventure Time: Distant Lands teaser, along with synopses of the four exciting new specials.
Adventure Time Distant Lands Teaser
Come on, grab your friends. The adventure continues with Adventure Time: Distant Lands, a series of four animated specials that will each focus on a different character from the disarmingly good Cartoon Network series created by Pendleton Ward. The teaser for Adventure Time: Distant Lands doesn’t show us much from the upcoming specials apart from some flashes of our favorite characters including Finn, Jake, Marceline, Princess Bubblegum, BMO and Peppermint Butler, but it’s enough.
It feels like it’s been years since we’ve seen these characters, who all went through drastic journeys during the whimsical, surprisingly sad, original series. But the synopses for the specials hint at an exciting reunion for Finn the human and his best friend Jake the dog, after the ambiguous, bittersweet ending of the original series. The other specials focus on BMO, Marceline and Princess Bubblegum, and Peppermint Butler.
Here are the official synopses for the four specials:
Episode 1 titled “BMO” – “When there’s a deadly space emergency in the farthest reaches of the galaxy, there’s only one hero to call, and it’s probably not BMO. Except that this time it is!”
Episode 2 titled “Obsidian” – “Marceline and Princess Bubblegum journey to the imposing, beautiful Glass Kingdom — and deep into their tumultuous past — to prevent an earthshaking catastrophe.”
Episode 3 titled “Wizard City” – “Peppermint Butler starts over at the beginning, as just another inexperienced Wizard School student. When mysterious events at the campus cast suspicion on Pep, and his checkered past, can he master the mystic arts in time to prove his innocence?”
Episode 4 titled “Together Again” – “Finn and Jake [reunite] to rediscover their brotherly bond and embark on the most important adventure of their lives.”
Adventure Time: Distant Lands debuts on HBO Max soon.