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‘John Wick’ Redeems Keanu Reeves, Slated for New Sci-Fi Thriller

'John Wick' Redeems Keanu Reeves, Slated for New Sci-Fi Thriller

Box office and critics’ success “John Wick” has lifted Keanu Reeves from the ashes: the once-reigning action star who took a hit last year on troubled directorial effort “Man of Tai Chi” and starrer “47 Ronin” has landed his next film role. Reeves will star in sci-fi thriller “Replicas” for Lotus Entertainment and di Bonaventura Pictures, Variety reports.

Directed by Tanya Wexler (“Hysteria”) from a script by Chad St. John, “Replicas” stars Reeves as a neuroscientist pitted against the government, and the laws of science, after his family is killed in a car crash.

Lionsgate debuted the internationally financed revenge film “John Wick,” directed by one-time “Matrix” stuntman David Leich, to strong reviews at Fantastic Fest and a solid $14 million last weekend, which augurs well for the film’s future (see our box office report). In a candid Indiewire interview, Reeves bemoaned his string of bad luck in Hollywood (“it sucks”), but he may be hitting his stride in where-else-but television, with new series “Rain” (as an assassin) and a production stint on Roland Emmerich’s “New Angeles” coming down the pike.

“Replicas” will be introduced to buyers at the American Film Market in November.

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