I guess you could say Keanu Reeves is coming out of the rain and into, er, the rain? (Or something like that.) John Rain, that is.
The former “Matrix” star, who recently has been mired in some really bad outings (did anyone actually see “47 Ronin” and liked it?), as well as the moderately budgeted martial arts film “Man of Tai Chi,” which he also directed, is giving TV a shot.
Slingshot Global Media have announced that Reeves has signed on to star and executive produce a TV drama called “Rain,” which will be based on the series of bestselling action novels by Barry Eisler about John Rain, “a half-Japanese, half-American contract assassin who specializes in taking out his targets by making it look like death by natural causes. An outsider in whatever world he’s in, Rain ironically finds that the one identity he knows – that of being a hitman – is the very thing that prevents him from bringing others closer into his life.”
If the premise sounds a little familiar, there’s a reason for that. The property was previously adapted into the 2009 movie “Rain Fall” starring Gary Oldman and Kippei Shîna in the titular role. It was mostly a Japanese production and if you saw it at all, you’re probably a really big fan of Eisler, or you’re Japanese.
Here’s a trailer for that movie, which we covered when it was first announced:
“Rain” will be the first TV starring role of Reeves’ career. By the way, he also played a half-Western/half-Japanese character in “47 Ronin.”