Of all the weapons we’ve seen John Wick wield, he’s never used a lightsaber, but that may change. Our trusted and proven sources tell us Keanu Reeves has filmed a scene for Star Wars: The Acolyte. They tell us Reeves’ appearance is a cameo in the upcoming Disney+ series.
We’ve exclusively learned Keanu Reeves has filmed a cameo for Star Wars: The Acolyte.
While the news of Keanu Reeves’ appearance in The Acolyte may thrill fans, the fact that it’s a cameo raises questions.
For years now, the John Wick star has been reported to be involved in a Star Wars project set in either the Old Republic or the High Republic, depending on the report.
Many of the stories place Keanu Reeves’ role not in a live-action series like The Acolyte, but an animated one. The roles most often mentioned in connection with Reeves are Sith King Valar, and the Sith Lord Darth Revan who was introduced in the 2003 video game Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic.
The fact that Keanu Reeves’ The Acolyte appearance will be a cameo could cast doubt on the possibility that he will play Revan, Valar, or any other major character in the series. Star Wars, particularly since the prequels, has enjoyed a long history of celebrity cameos — often without the stars even being recognizable.
The John Wick star has been reported to be involved in a Star Wars project set in either the Old Republic or the High Republic, depending on the report.
Between the prequels, the sequels, Solo, Rogue One, and the Disney + live-action series, the franchise has seen nearly invisible cameos from Tom Hardy, Daniel Craig, John Leguizamo, Sofia Coppola, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and more.
Quiet a few of those cameos involved the celebrities playing stormtroopers, and at the very least we can be sure Keanu Reeves won’t play one of those in The Acolyte. Set around a century before the events of the prequel films, that makes the series 100 years too early for a stormtrooper or one of the earlier clone troopers.
Of course, he could always wind up playing an alien, buried under prosthetics and/or CGI like Simon Pegg in The Force Awakens or John Leguizamo in The Mandalorian.
At the same time, Keanu Reeves’ cameo for The Acolyte could still be for a more consequential figure. Reeves could appear as Valar, Revan, or another Star Wars character whose Season 1 cameo could tease a longer, more meaningful appearance in a future season, or perhaps even a different series.
The Release Of The Acolyte
For now, we can’t do much more than speculate about the nature of Keanu Reeves’ The Acolyte cameo, though that should change some time next year. The Star Wars series is scheduled to debut on Disney+ some time in 2024. Its lead cast includes Amandla Stenberg, Lee Jung-jae, Manny Jacinto, Dafne Keen, Jodie Turner-Smith, Rebecca Henderson, Charlie Barnett, Dean-Charles Chapman, and Carrie-Ann Moss.