In light of today’s riotous first trailer for Keanu, we can all safely conclude that David Leitch and Chad Stahelski’s cult hit John Wick is now forever a part of popular culture – and we’re okay with that. While the Keanu Reeves-fronted actioner isn’t referenced explicitly during the hilarious sizzle reel for Peter Atencio’s flick, Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele’s (AKA Key & Peele) adventure is essentially a riff on John Wick‘s plot.
Featuring delightfully over-the-top firefights and a kitten that could be line to dethrone The Artist‘s Uggie as the cutest movie animal, today’s slice of footage reads like an Internet fever dream. After a disheartening breakup with his girlfriend, Rell (Jordan Peele) skips all five stages of grief when the titular kitten walks into his life, only to be cruelly kidnapped a few days later.
Such an unspeakable crime sends Key and Peele’s bumbling duo out on a frantic search to find Keanu, and it turns out to be just about as ridiculous as it sounds. With a bonkers script and near impeccable comedic timing, Atencio’s feature looks set to be a bona fide sleeper hit, with a cast that also includes Tiffany Haddish, Method Man, Jason Mitchell, with Luis Guzman, Nia Long and Will Forte.
Warner Bros., New Line and Comedy Central are leveraging production and marketing for the tongue-in-cheek romp, and Keanu is set to scurry into theaters in time for April 22.
Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, a.k.a. the hugely popular comedy duo Key & Peele, star as Clarence and Rell, two cousins who live in the city but are far from streetwise. When Rell’s beloved kitten, Keanu (presumably named after the John Wick star), is catnapped, the hopelessly straight-laced pair must impersonate ruthless killers in order to infiltrate a street gang and retrieve the purloined feline. But the incredibly adorable kitten becomes so coveted that the fight over his custody creates a gang war, forcing our two unwitting heroes to take the law into their own hands.