Keanu Reeves Will Star and Produce Assassin TV Drama Rain


Keanu Reeves in Man of Tai Chi (2013) Movie Image

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.

Barry Eisler's Rain BookSlingshot 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.”

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  • Debo4735

    So he’s a half breed “Mechanic.”

  • Dedpool

    doesn’t sound bad. He’s really playing up the Asian side of his heritage now huh? Nothing wrong with that if he’s truly getting into it which he did say he was while filming both 47 Ronin and Man of Tai Chi.
    Yes I liked 47 Ronin for what it was, another 300 like tale of an important historical moment in Japan’s history. It’s no different than what Japan has been doing themselves with the Oda Nobunaga and the Warring states period, except they did it in Anime. Which is funny because while watching 47 Ronin I was thinking of Onimusha and Yotoden. Taking it in that light it was an entertaining movie. It’s a mythological take on historical events.
    I did enjoy Man of Tai Chi though I knew 20 min in I was going to have to swallow Reeves holding his own against Tiger Chen, I was still okay when I got there. I just watched the Protector 2, and Tony Jaa vs Rza was just sad.

  • sin isfree

    47 Ronin is quite good, only need more actions, especially that bald guy with tattoos, why no fighting from him , weird.

    • Dedpool

      Yeah lets give this guy his own poster, and give him a line but that’s it! lol that was crazy useless.