Prior to the major fame he achieved with the lead role in The Matrix, actor Keanu Reeves played bass in an alternative rock band called Dogstar.
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Keanu Reeves has co-created new comic book series called ‘BRZRKR’

The expanding creative CV of Keanu Reeves has taken yet another turn as he enters the world of comics.

Teaming up with American comic book and graphic novel publisher Boom! Studios, Reeves is working alongside co-writer Matt Kindt, editor-in-chief Matt Gagnon and illustrator Alessandro Vitti on what is a 12-issue limited series.

“We’re excited about what’s happening. The story [is] taking some really interesting twists and turns,” Reeves said of the new project in an interview with USA Today. “This character who was born 80,000 years ago, half man, his father’s a war god. It’s a little fantasy in reality,” he added. “I had this image in my head of a guy fighting through the ages because of his father’s compulsion to violence but with the pathos of a man trapped and trying to figure it out.”

The book, which has been given the title ‘BRZRKR’, is due for release in early October and is focused on the life of a violent and blood-soaked warrior who takes on highly dangerous tasks for the government.

Reeves explained: ”It’s like, ‘I’ll go do some missions for you and you’ll help me figure out who I am and how this has come to be and how maybe I could get released from this.’ But then, of course, there’s ulterior motives on both sides.”

“We have hopefully some nice scenes where when they’re looking at hieroglyphics, and he’s like, ‘No, you got that wrong’,” Reeves explained. “And there’s things like, ‘Hey man, I wasn’t everywhere. I’m just one guy.’ Part of the research that they’re doing on him is trying to download all of the knowledge that he has.”

“It’s like, ‘Yeah, I think it would be fun just to see him punch through someone’s chest or pull out a rib or rip an arm off,’” Reeves says. The Berzerker “can heal to a certain extent, so it’s fun to have these kinds of outrageous consequences and still have the character kind of moving forward.”

The studio are particularly excited about the project with editor-in-chief Matt Gagnon describing the process of working alongside Reeves as “immensely cool”.

Gagnon added: “Spend five minutes with Keanu and it becomes clear very quickly why he’s earned all the success he has. Exceptional creative instincts, deep reservoirs of wisdom on story, the ability to consistently tap into the raw emotion of a moment, relentless commitment to quality and the task at hand – it’s all this and much more that make Keanu an inspiring force.”

See a glimpse of the series, below.

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In questo periodo nulla è stato realmente semplice. Come tanti, anche io ho dovuto gestire alcune situazioni inaspettate e impensabili. Nel frattempo avevo anche questo bellissimo segreto da custodire. Oggi @usatoday ha condiviso questo bellissimo progetto che sto realizzando per @boom_studios insieme al mitico Keanu Reeves e al grande @matt.kindt.for.real. Loro due insieme stanno facendo una storia ricca di azione e suspence. È spaventosa. Hanno deciso di dare il compito di portare su carta le loro idee al sottoscritto. Io ho saltato di gioia quando ho letto la mail in cui mi hanno chiesto di salire a bordo. Ogni volta che inizio a lavorare su qualcosa di nuovo, per me è come se fosse sempre la mia prima volta. Il tempo passa, ma resto sempre con lo stesso entusiasmo, non riesco a cambiare. Perdo sempre qualche momento di lucidità e lo sostituisco con l’incredulità. Sempre!!! Non vi racconto cosa è stato per me, ormai due decenni fa, riuscire a fare della mia passione un lavoro. Tanti sacrifici, tante rinunce, tante lacrime anche. Fortunatamente le lacrime ogni tanto sono state di gioia. Chi mi conosce sa che non nascondo mai le mie emozioni, nel bene e nel male. Beh, questa volta non ho voluto nascondere di nuovo le lacrime… anzi un pó l’ho fatto. Ero nella piazza della mia città natale ad insegnare skate a mia figlia. Ho sommato le due emozioni e mi sono lasciato andare. Sono strafelice e spero vivamente che possa essere all’altezza delle aspettative. BRZRKR è STREPITOSO!!! Ve lo garantisco! Grazie infinite a tutti!!! ??❤️ #alessandrovitti #alessandrovittiart #keanureeves #mattknidt #boomstudios #markbrooksart #rafaelgrampa #scottscollectables #johnwick ##berserker #comics #myart #mywork #blackandwhite #taranto

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