Genre star Keanu Reeves is traveling to feudal Japan for Universal Pictures, reports Variety. The actor who will next been seen threatening mankind in The Day the Earth Stood Still has been set to lead an epic period film titled 47 Ronin. Screenwriter Chris Morgan (Wanted, Fast & Furious) is penning the screenplay while Scott Stuber will produce through his Stuber Productions. No director is named in the report.
Plot Concept: Based on the true tale of a band of samurai swordsmen who avenged the death of their master in 18th century Japan. Reeves will play one of the swordsmen; the group and their master are revered in Japan for their revenge attack on Dec. 14, 1702.
The trade says the film will tell a stylized version of the story, mixing fantasy elements of the sort seen in The Lord of the Rings films, with gritty battle scenes akin to those in films such as Gladiator.