Ronin Keanu Reeves Wants to be a Man of Tai Chi, Too

Keanu Reeves is apparently going through some serious kung fu kick. After “learning” kung fu in “The Matrix” trilogy, he’s set to parlay those skills into a ronin Samurai in “47 Ronin”. And now the former “Speed” man would like to try his hand at kung fu again — as not just an actor, but also the director. And here’s the kicker: Reeves would play the film’s villain.

The Keanu tells MTV:

It’s called ‘Man of Tai Chi.’ We want to do it in Chinese and English, do it as kind of a co-production with CFG perhaps, which is a Chinese film group, kind of a studio. It’s tricky. I would play the villain.

According to Reeves, “Man of Tai Chi” would be set in the modern day, but “pay homage to kung fu films of the past.”

He adds:

There’s 18 fights. We’ve timed it out. It’s about 40 minutes of fighting. I want to make a good, solid kung fu movie. Good story, good plot — but let’s get some good kung fu going!

Wow. 40 minutes of fighting? That’s a lot of fighting!

Reeves would also produce, but for now, there’s only a script in place and no firm investors yet. But if “47 Ronin” does well, you can probably expect “Man of Tai Chi” to get up and running pretty fast, I suspect.