Excellent news, “Bill & Ted” fans: Your favorite time-traveling duo has arrived in the 21st century – without the help of a time machine.
The first official trailer for “Bill & Ted Face the Music,” the third flick in the comedy/sci-fi franchise, arrived Monday, featuring a now middle-aged Bill (Alex Winter) and Ted (Keanu Reeves) grappling with the fact that they didn’t succeed in saving the world like they planned.
“Bill, we’ve spent our whole life trying to write the song that will unite the world,” Reeves’ Ted says. “Why can’t we just go to the future when we have written it?”
“And take it from ourselves!” Winter’s Bill chimes in, as Ted ponders the ethics of his idea. “How is that stealing if we’re stealing it from ourselves, dude?”
Reeves, 55, and Winter, 54, reprise their respective Theodore “Ted” Logan and William “Bill” S. Preston Esq. characters for the first time in 29 years, while newer faces like Samara Weaving, Brigette Lundy-Paine, Kid Cudi, Kristen Schaal, Jillian Bell, Beck Bennett and more join in on the fun.
This time around, Bill and Ted – no longer the baby-faced teenagers they were back in the late ’80s and early ’90s, but every bit the fun – are joined by their own daughters (Weaving as Thea Preston and Lundy-Paine as Billie Logan), plus some historical figures and music legends, in a quest to “seek the song that will set their world right and bring harmony in the universe.”
“Bill & Ted Face the Music” is scheduled to be released in theaters on August 21.
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“The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree with their daughters. Billie and Thea are joined at the hip and love music,” Weaving told USA TODAY last summer as the cast was filming.
The 28-year-old Weaving, who was born a year after the 1991 franchise’s sequel “Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey” hit theaters, wasn’t aware of the “Bill & Ted” universe before she got the audition for the new film. “I guess I was in a little bubble of my own,” she added. Her fiancé Jimmy Warden, however, was a big fan. He “jumped up and started doing their impression. I was like, ‘What’s wrong with your voice?’ He started leaping around saying, ‘Dude, you have to do it! Excellent!’ ”
The story springs from the ending of Excellent Adventure, in which futuristic mentor Rufus (George Carlin) predicted the duo would write music that would turn the world into a Utopia. (This has not happened yet.)
“You’re told you’re gonna save the world,” screenwriter Chris Matheson told Entertainment Weekly in 2018 during a reunion interview with co-writer Ed Solomon, Reeves and Winter. “And now you’re 50 and you haven’t done it. Now they’re married, and it affects their marriages, and it affects their relationships with their kids, and it affects their everything.”
“Everybody’s a little older now,” said Reeves. “A little afraid.”
“There’s certain comparisons,” added Winter. “A rock band that never goes to the place it thought it was going to get to. Having that moment in their life of going: ‘Do we try to get there, or give up the dream?’ ”
The concept of getting the band back together had been floating around for a while: Reeves revealed seven years ago that he “shouldn’t talk about it,” but the team had gotten the ball rolling on a new script.
“I think it’s pretty surreal, playing ‘Bill & Ted’ at 50,” Reeves told “Today” in 2013. “But we have a good story in that. You can see the life and joy in those characters, and I think the world can always use some life and joy.”
Contributing: Brian Truitt and Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY.
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