Keanu Reeves has been hard at work on the the famous Japanese story 47 Ronin for quite some time, but for his first directorial feature, the actor will be shifting gears to China.

As we wrote earlier this year, Reeves has been working to get his debut film Man of Tai Chi off the ground for a while now, but said it was “tricky” because it was a Chinese-American co-production. Now, the movie has found its financing and is being fast-tracked to start production in February.

The Hollywood Reporter writes that Universal will co-finance Man of Tai Chi alongside Village Roadshow Pictures Asia, China Film Group and Wanda Media. The martial arts film will take place in contemporary Beijing and will feature Reeves as the villain.

Despite his oft-mocked acting style, I’m actually a big fan of Keanu Reeves and am interested to see what he’ll do in the director’s chair. It will also be fun seeing Reeves re-team with Tiger Chen, one of the stunt actors and fight choreographers from The Matrix.

With Reeves cast as the villain, Chen will star as the protagonist of the movie. At this point, it’s not entirely clear what Chen’s role will involve or what the movie is about. THR only offers this enigmatic logline: “Chen stars as a young martial artist whose fighting skills bring him to a realm of vast opportunities, and painful choices.”

Regardless of what the movie ends up being about, the selling point will be the kung fu action. It’s been 13 years since The Matrix came out and Reeves certainly isn’t a spring chicken anymore, but the 47-year-old actor certainly seems eager to show off his action chops. Earlier in the year, Reeves was enthusiastic about the movie’s action saying that there would be 18 fight scenes and a total of “about 40 minutes of fighting.”

What do you think of this movie? Are you interested in checking out a half-Chinese, half-American kung fu flick from Keanu Reeves?

Source: The Hollywood Reporter