I was never a “Speed Racer” fan, so when I hear the Wachowski Brothers are turning the classic cartoon into a live-action feature film I remain a bit numb. However, a lot of people seem jazzed about it, but I am guessing that has more to do with the fact that the boys that brought us The Matrix franchise are getting back to work rather than the fact that they are creating Speed Racer.
Nevertheless, it is happening and a casting scoop plopped into Ain’t It Cool News recently with the following note saying Keanu Reeves might be taking on the lead role:
I currently work for Time Warner in London England and had the shock of my life today. 2007 Production roster arrived today at the UK’s WB marketing slate for 2008. What stuck out the most was a production called Shaolin Cowboy by the WB. Now after a few hours of investigating with our LA team it turns out that Shaolin Cowboy (The Wachowski brothers first comic book title released last year) is a covert name for SPEED RACER to be directed by the Wachowski brothers(Hence the WB initials). Now in the slate doc it showed clearly in capital letters the name of Keanu Reeves under the main title. Not only does this show that NEO (A.K.A Keanu) is reteaming with the Matrix team but seems to be the main role.
Hmm, so maybe Neo is getting back with the boys, stay tuned as this is sure to make the trades soon if it turns out to be true.