Keanu Reeves could have been part of ‘Fast & Furious 10’: why didn’t it happen?

The franchise Fast & Furious distinguishes itself by adding, through its films, different actors and personalities who, perhaps, were never imagined in such a context. Cars. Detonations. Explosions. Through this narrative, figures such as Charlize Theron y Helen Mirrenas well as some well-known artists of the urban agenda, such as Don Omar. They could be joined by none other than Keanu Reeves who is almost part of the cast of Fast & Furious 10.

Keanu Reeves has been a figure consistently associated with action films. This is explained both by Speed (1994) as well as by Matrix (1999), although it was the John Wick that began in 2014 with the first installment, which put the actor on another rung in the genre. In that context, one of the most powerful action narratives today is. Fast & Furious. So, it does not seem unreasonable that both the actor and the saga wanted to join forces.

Fast & Furious 10 is getting good reviews, especially for the production’s villain, Dante Reyes (Jason Momoa), and because the production returned to a more earthy tone in relation to the previous feature. Along with Reyes, another new figure is Aimes, a double agent played by Alan Ritchson. It was he who commented that, at first, Keanu Reeves had been chosen for the role.

The role that Keanu Reeves almost played in Fast & Furious 10

Who is Aimes in Fast & Furious 10? To explain this figure, we must remember that within the franchise there is an anti-government entity capable of providing various resources to whomever they consider. This sort of agency was headed by Mr. Nobody, played by Kurt Russell. However, in this film his role is covered by actor Alan Ritchson.

So, Aimes finds himself, more often than not, between two waters. He is a double agent who, depending on the context, must adapt. This character would be played by Keanu Reeves. What happened? A question of timing. Alan Ritchson explained it this way, during an interview with EW:

“It was a stroke of luck and a good timing. I was working on a film with Hilary Swank in Winnipeg in unbearably cold weather and I got a call to tell me that the plans with Keanu Reeves (who I think was going to play my part), had changed.“, Alan Ritchson, a EW.

Alan Ritchson himself, due to scheduling and time issues, came very close to not being able to fulfill the role. However, he made it and is part of Fast & Furious 10. This will be the first installment of a trilogy dedicated to closing this section of the franchise. After these productions, according to Vin Diesel most likely to be joined by a series of spinoff inspired by different characters.

Fast & Furious 10 has been in theaters since May 18, 2023.