‘Bullet Train’ director David Leitch reveals that the film almost had a perfect Keanu Reeves cameo. ‘Bullet Train’ stars Brad Pitt as Ladybug, an assassin trying to get out of the game. When he gets roped in for one last job by his handler, a character played by Sandra Bullock, he soon finds himself up against a host of rival assassins all with the same mission. Reactions to Bullet Train have been mostly positive thus far, with many critics praising the film's unique blend of action and comedy.
‘Bullet Train’ marks Leitch's latest directorial effort after a host of other action films, including ‘Atomic Blonde’, ‘Deadpool 2’, and Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw. A stuntman turned director; Leitch first made the leap to directing with an uncredited role on the first John Wick. Starring Keanu Reeves as an assassin out for revenge, John Wick marked a reunion between Leitch and Reeves, who previously worked together on ‘The Matrix Reloaded’ and ‘The Matrix Revolutions’. Now, Leitch explains, the two almost reunited again on ‘Bullet Train’.
In a new interview with EW, Leitch explains that Bullet Train nearly featured a cameo from Reeves in an unexpected role. Throughout the film, Pitt's Ladybug talks of his therapist, Barry, but the character is never seen on screen. According to Leitch, he wanted Reeves for the role, but the scenes ultimately didn't come to fruition. The director does tease, however, that Reeves' Barry could appear in Bullet Train 2.
Not only would a cameo from Reeves have reunited him with Leitch, but it also would have seen him working with Bullock again, marking their third collaboration after Speed and The Lake House. Although the idea ultimately didn't make the cut for Bullet Train, Leitch does suggest that there could be an opportunity to explore Barry the therapist more in a sequel. It remains to be seen whether Bullet Train 2 will happen, but if the first film performs well at the box office, it's entirely possible.
Following the success of John Wick, Reeves has seen a major career resurgence, appearing in a number of films over the last few years. While Reeves tends to headline films that he takes part in, the actor isn't unfamiliar with cameos, having briefly appeared in Netflix's Always Be My Maybe.