Bill & Ted Face The Music: How Death Came Back Instantly

By Faith McKay | 4 weeks ago

Bill & Ted Face the Music

It’s been thirty years since the original two Bill & Ted movies and we are beyond due for an update with the time traveling slackers. Enter Bill & Ted: Face The Music, the Bill & Ted follow-up we all didn’t know we wanted.

With such a long wait between films, it’s hard to believe we’re getting a new movie, and that it’s not a reboot. But it’s true. This is the third movie in the franchise and a continuation of the tale of Bill and Ted’s adventures. 

So who can we expect to see? Well, a whole lot of people. We have all the details about what the guys are up to now that they’re in their 50s and you can expect when Bill & Ted 3 hits theaters.

Bill & Ted Face The Music Promotion

Alex Winter has been building Bill & Ted buzz by sharing photos from the filming of the original Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventures. Among those he shared are scenes that were cut from the movie in which, believe it or not, Bill & Ted perform some kind of song and dance musical number. Check it out…

To celebrate the impending release of their movies, Bill and Ted are wearing… tuxedos? They’ve dressed up for something, maybe a wedding, in this new image released by Empire from the movie…

The full trailer isn’t here yet, but Bill & Ted Face The Music has just released this most excellent teaser which asks us all to be excellent to each other. Watch…

To go along with the teaser there’s a still version, turned into a poster. Check it out…

Before the film began production we received this most excellent announcement video posted by Wyld Stallyns…

The Minds Behind Bill & Ted 3

The original writing team behind both Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure and Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey is back for the third installment. Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon have been pushing to have this film made for the past decade, with a script waiting for the right funding to get this movie made. 

In the years since working on the Bill & Ted movies, Chris Matheson has written screenplays for films like A Goofy Movie and Rapture-Palooza. Ed Solomon wrote the first Men In Black film, Charlie’s Angels (2000), and Now You See Me

New to the Bill & Ted world is Dean Parisot, added as Face the Music’s director. In the past, he’s been known for his work directing Galaxy Quest and Red 2, which speaks to an ability to come into an existing franchise to create a sequel and to take on a science fiction comedy. 

Bill & Ted’s Returning Cast

Yes, this is a third film in the series for Bill & Ted, not a reboot, and our favorite time traveling dudes will be returning as their characters in the film. Alex Winter is back as William “Bill” S. Preston Esq and Keanu Reeves is again Theodore “Ted” Logan. 

William Sadler is also back, reprising his role as Death from the second movie Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey. We’ve seen him in official photos released from the film like this one…

Death returns in Bill & Ted 3
William Sadler as Death in Bill & Ted Face The Music

When asked about what it was like returning to play Death William Sadler had this to say: “The spirit of the original movies is all there. All the fun came back instantly — not just for me, but for the Keanu and Alex too. My knees aren’t as good and the body is a little creakier, but the minute we put on the make-up and the robes it was as if The Reaper had been trapped in a bottle for 30 years, and as soon as we pulled the cork off he came flying out and started improvising just like I did back in Bogus Journey.

Other returning cast members include Amy Stoch as Missy (I mean Mom), Bill’s stepmother. Hal Landon Jr. is also back as Ted’s father, Captain Logan. 

In the two original films, Bill and Ted had a mentor named Rufus who played an important role in the story. Comedian George Carlin, who played Rufus, passed away in June, 2008. While we won’t see his character in the movie, it’s been said that his absence will be felt. In fact, writer Ed Solomon has said that his absence will be part of the story for Bill & Ted Face the Music

Bill & Ted Face The Music’s New Actors

Bill and Ted have now grown up. They’re married adults in their fifties and have two daughters: Thea Preston, played by Samara Weaving, and Billie Logan, played by Brigette Lundy-Paine. From those names, it seems that Bill and Ted named their children after each other. In the photos released for the film, the daughters can be seen wearing outfits reminiscent of Bill and Ted’s past outfits, though in a more modern way. 

The new kids in Bill & Ted 3

Princess Joanna (Bill’s wife) will be played by Jayma Mays, who previously played Emma Pillsbury on Glee. Princess Elizabeth (Ted’s wife) will be played by Erinn Hayes, who previously played Beth McKenna on The Dangerous Book for Boys. Beck Bennett, of SNL fame, will play Ted’s younger brother Deacon Logan. 

Jillian Bell hs joined the cast as Dr. Taylor Wood, a couples therapist for the families. Bell previously starred as the title character in Brittany Runs a Marathon. A new “time traveling emissary” named Kelly will be played by Kristen Schaal of Bob’s Burgers, The Last Man on Earth, and Flight of the Conchords

The role of “the most powerful person in the universe”, aka The Great Leader, will be played by Holland Taylor. Taylor has previously been known for her work in Legally Blonde, Two and a Half Men, and The L Word

Also joining the cast is Kid Cudi. He is mostly known as a rapper, but has previously taken to the screen in the television series How to Make it in America and the film Jexi. As for what role Kid Cudi will be playing in the movie, Dean Parisot told Entertainment Weekly: “He gets mysteriously thrown around through various times, because all time and space is coming unglued.”

Don’t be surprised if Bill & Ted Face the Music throws in a few celebrity cameos we don’t know about yet, once the movie unspools.

The Plot Of Bill & Ted Face The Music

Bill and Ted have a major destiny issue that has yet to be resolved. Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Matheson (one of the writers) brought up the pairs great destiny. At the end of the first film, Rufus (their mentor played by George Carlin) told Bill and Ted that someday their music would turn the world into a utopia. Try writing songs when you know they’re supposed to bring about world peace. About their pressure, and their destiny, Matheson said, “And now you’re 50 and you haven’t done it. Now they’re married, and it affects their marriages, and it affects their relationships with their kids, and it affects their everything.” 

Bill and Ted face their kids

So this is where Face the Music is going to find our favorite time-traveling dudes? They’re middle aged, married, have children, and still writing music. But where is this utopia they’re responsible for creating through their music? What are they supposed to do to save the world? 

A visitor from the future will show up. With the help of their family, friends, and music legends, they’ll be working toward that rock and roll utopia they’re supposed to save the world. 

The question, of course, when making a film with such a large gap between installments is whether this movie will be able to hold up the same style and level of enjoyment the first two offered. When asked about this, Solomon said that this next movie is “like A Christmas Carol with Bill and Ted, looking at their lives, and really kind of rediscovering what they’re about.”

Face The Music In Production

Filming began at the beginning of July, 2019 and ended August 24th, 2019. The crew posted quite a bit on social media giving updates on how it was coming along. The cast and crew have been very positive about where they think it’s all going. 

Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves
Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves before filming

It must feel like a victory to get the film actually made. The writing team behind Bill & Ted Face the Music has been working toward funding for nearly a decade. 

About the experience, Alex Winter (the actor who plays Bill) says: “The whole trajectory of getting the next one-off the ground has been pretty much exactly like the experience of getting the original… Going to every studio, and they’re like, ‘What the eff is this?’ It’s this kind of independent spirit, and the films have an anachronistic quality to them that’s a big part of what they are, fundamentally. I’m really happy that this one is the same. It doesn’t feel like some stale knockoff that a studio would have immediately gone, ‘Oh, this feels right. We have rebranded very successfully.’”

When Will Bill & Ted Face The Music Be Released?

You can see Bill & Ted Face The Music in theaters on August 21, 2020.

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