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William Sadler’s Death Returns for Bill & Ted Face the Music


Following the big announcement last week, today we got confirmation that William Sadler will be reprising the role of Death in Bill & Ted Face the Music. Sadler’s Grim Reaper played a big role in the sequel, Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey, released in theaters in 1991. In the film, Death challenges Bill & Ted in a game for their souls but ultimately ends up teaming with them.

Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter are reprising their roles as the eponymous duo. Orion Pictures will release the third installment through United Artists Releasing on August 21, 2020.

The time-travelling buddy comedy, shooting in New Orleans, will be directed by Dean Parisot (Galaxy Quest, Red 2, Fun With Dick and Jane), from a screenplay by returning franchise writers Chris Matheson (Imagine That, A Goofy Movie) and Ed Solomon (Men in Black, Now You See Me, Mosaic).

Bill & Ted Face the Music will be produced by Scott Kroopf (Limitless) alongside Alex Lebovici and Steve Ponce on behalf of Hammerstone Studios. Steven Soderbergh will be executive producing along with John Ryan Jr., Scott Fischer and John Santilli. Production legal will be handled by Rosen Stapleton Law Group

Following 1989’s Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure and 1991’s Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey, the stakes are higher than ever for William “Bill” S. Preston Esq. (Winter) and Theodore “Ted” Logan (Reeves). Yet to fulfill their rock and roll destiny, the now middle-aged best friends set out on a new adventure, when a visitor from the future warns them that only their song can save life as we know it and bring harmony to the universe. Along the way, they will be helped by their families, old friends and a few music legends.

The previous Bill & Ted films were celebrated box office successes, becoming cultural touch points for a generation and garnering a rabid cult following in the process. The third installment marks the first time in 30 years that the duo will be seen in a new adventure.

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Mirko Parlevliet
Mirko Parlevliet has been reporting on the entertainment industry since 1998 and founded to cover movie, TV, video game, music, and theme park news.