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Keanu Reeves going Sci-Fi again with 'Passengers'
His last jump into Sci-Fi, the remake of "The Day the Earth Stood Still" didn't go so well, but Keanu Reeves knows where the money is. Variety reports that the "Matrix" star will appear in the new outer space thriller "Passengers."
According to the trade paper, the tale finds a crew making a 100-year trip to a new planet while in cryogenic sleep. Dramatically, Reeves' character is woken up only 10 years into the journey which means he has 90 years (or the rest of his life) to spend alone aboard the ship. So, of course, he wakes up a female crew member to be his companion. Needless to say, she's not thrilled.
No word on who the woman will be, but director Gabriele Muccino ("The Pursuit of Happyness," "Seven Pounds") wants a lesser known star to take the role. The screenplay is by "Alien" prequel writer Jon Spaithts.
No word on when production might begin.