EARLIER: A new trailer has landed for the long-awaited and much beleaguered Samurai action picture “47 Ronin,” directed by rookie Carl Rinsch, produced at Universal by Scott Stuber and starring Keanu Reeves. The $225 million production, originally slated for a fall 2012 release, has been notoriously troubled by setbacks and re-shoots. Watch below.
Also starring in the CG-laden action fantasy film are Hiroyuki Sanada (“The Wolverine”), Ko Shibasaki,
Tadanobu Asano and Rinko Kikuchi (“Pacific Rim”).
This is the first would-be tentpole for star Keanu Reeves in over half a decade.
Reeves also has his own martial arts directorial debut, “Man of Tai Chi,” hitting theaters this coming weekend (trailer below); reviews thus far are middling. UPDATE: Appearing on George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight on October 28, Reeves described the difficulties he encountered shooting the film, which was kept from shooting on mainland China by Chinese government censors. They took the project to Hong Kong instead.
It’s hard to believe that the boyish actor will turn 50 next September. “47 Ronin” hits theaters December 25.