Keanu Reeves is moving ever close to his long-awaited science fiction project.
The actor has been in development for a science fiction romance drama called Passengers for several years, but this week the movie finally got the green light with Keanu in the starring role.
Passengers has actress Rachel McAdams signed on along with Game of Thrones Brian Kirk set to direct. The distribution rights to the movie were picked up by The Weinstein Company, and it will be released through Dimension Films.
The movie will tell the story of a massive ship traveling to a space colony with thousands of passengers. Keanu Reeves is one of those on board, frozen in suspended animation for the journey that will take decades.
But when Keanu’s character wakes up 90 years too early — and with no way for him to return to hibernation — he wakes up Rachel McAdams and the two fall in love.
The movie’s script comes from Jon Spaihts, who is a veteran of the deep space genre with his previous movie, originally titled Alien: Engineers before Damon Lindelof tweaked the script and renamed it Prometheus.
While Keanu Reeves is bringing his own project to life, he’s also starring in a few big movies in the next few months. Next month he will appear in the Japanese historical film 47 Ronin, playing a character named Kai who leads a group of ronin — samurai without a master — against a powerful warlord who killed their master and banished them.
Keanu is also appearing in Man of Tai Chi, another movie that calls on his skills as an action star.
Keanu Reeves fans will have to wait a while to get a chance to see him in outer space. Passengers has been given a tentative release date of April 2015.