Can Keanu Outact a Robot?
Whoa— Day the Earth Stood Still remake scores Matrix star
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 27, 2007 4:49 PM CDT

(Newser) – Keanu Reeves is coming back to sci-fi—the Matrix star will play the mysterious alien Klaatu in an upcoming remake of 1951's The Day the Earth Stood Still, Variety reports. In the original, Klaatu threatened Earth with destruction if humans didn't stop fighting amongst themselves. No word yet on the casting of Gort the robot.

The update will be directed by Scott Derrickson, the auteur behind The Exorcism of Emily Rose, and will use advanced visual effects. (Hey, what's wrong with tinfoil?) Reeves has just finished filming The Night Watchman, a film about police corruption directed by David Ayer—which most likely has no robots at all.