The internet pretty much stopped back in March when news broke that Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter would be reuniting for the long-awaited third installment in the Bill & Ted franchise, which follows the time-traveling exploits of two amiable metalhead goofballs played by said actors. Titled Bill & Ted Face the Music, the film has since started shooting, and now the first images from the movie — already one of 2020’s most highly anticipated — have been revealed, courtesy of Entertainment Weekly.
Bill & Ted 3 finds Winter’s Bill and Reeves’ Ted still jamming away with their hair-metal band, Wyld Stallyns. In 1989’s Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, they learned that their music will inspire a utopian society; in the new movie, they find out that it is also needed to save the world! Co-writer Chris Matheson explained to EW: “They were told when they were teenagers that they were going to save reality, and they’ve been working on it the whole time. 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.’”
The three images revealed from the film showcase not only Reeves and Winter reprising their iconic roles, but also actor William Sadler, who returns as Death. The character first appeared in the Excellent Adventure sequel Bogus Journey in which he helped the duo win the Battle of the Bands. In another shot, the movies’ heroes are seen in the series’ famous time-traveling phone booth, and in the last, we’re introduced to Samara Weaving (Mayhem, Ready or Not), as Bill’s daughter Thea, and Brigette Lundy-Paine (“Atypical”), as Ted’s daughter Billie, plus Scott Mescudi (a.k.a. singer-rapper-producer Kid Cudi), who appears between the two.
“The stakes are higher than ever for the time-traveling exploits of William ‘Bill’ S. Preston Esq. and Theodore ‘Ted’ Logan,” goes the official Bill & Ted Face the Music synopsis. “Yet to fulfill their rock and roll destiny, the now middle-aged best friends set out on a new adventure when a visitor from the future warns them that only their song can save life as we know it. Along the way, they will be helped by their daughters, a new batch of historical figures, and a few music legends — to seek the song that will set their world right and bring harmony in the universe.”
Bill & Ted Face the Music is due in theaters on August 21st, 2020.