The highly versatile actor Keanu Reeves is rumored to be preparing for his first major theater debut in a Broadway revival of Samuel Beckett’s ‘Waiting for Godot.’ Although the 58-year-old ‘John Wick: Chapter 4’ actor has previously taken on the role of Prince Hamlet in a 1995 Manitoba Theatre Centre production of ‘Hamlet’ in Winnipeg, Manitoba, he has not appeared in a play in decades. This highly anticipated return to the stage has theater enthusiasts buzzing with excitement.
According to multiple theater insiders, Keanu is expected to star in the iconic play, although details about the production and direction have not yet been released. Reeves has a history of working with Shakespearean material, having appeared in the 1993 film adaptation of ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ alongside Oscar-winning ‘Hamlet’ director Sir Kenneth Branagh, Dame Emma Thompson, Denzel Washington, and Kate Beckinsale.
The ‘Matrix’ actor has expressed his love for theater and has been spotted attending various productions, including David Mamet’s ‘American Buffalo,’ which starred his ‘Matrix’ co-star Laurence Fishburne. Keanu has also mentioned his desire to star in a musical, although he admits that his singing abilities may not be up to par. In a Reddit ‘Ask me Anything’ session, he shared, “I would love to be in a musical. But I can’t sing, so I’m not sure anybody else would want me in a musical… but I sure would try. I mean I could sing, but not really well. I can always dream.”
‘Waiting for Godot’ is a bleak, existential play that follows the characters Vladimir and Estragon as they wait for the elusive Godot, who never arrives. The play has seen numerous adaptations, with a variety of A-list actors such as Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, John Turturro, Ethan Hawke, John Leguizamo, Steve Martin, and Robin Williams taking on the roles of the two protagonists. As Keanu Reeves is rumored to join their ranks, the anticipation for this Broadway revival grows ever stronger.