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Keanu Reeves as Darth Revan Is Perfect for The Acolyte

CBR 11/9/2022 Timothy Donohoo
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The Acolyte is the newest Star Wars TV show for fans to look forward, and for good reason. The series is confirmed to pull elements from the "Expanded Universe" material, which was largely rendered as canon-questionable "Legends" after Disney acquired the property. By looking in this direction for influence, the series could finally make a popular fan-cast come true.

Keanu Reeves has had a popularity resurgence in the past several years, with Star Wars fans seeing him as perfect casting for one Sith role in particular. Given the other circumstances concerning the series in question, this could easily jump from a fan idea to reality. With all The Acolyte has going for it, now is the best time to cast Keanu Reeves as Darth Revan.

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Who Darth Revan Is in Star Wars

Darth Revan was introduced in the classic video game Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. Though the character's backstory wasn't initially revealed, it was shown in the game's narrative that Revan was a former Jedi that had turned to the Dark Side. Revan was also established as being canonically male, though players were able to choose the character's gender in the first game. After becoming the dark Sith Lord Darth Revan, the former heroic user of the Force sought to destroy the Empire with his army. Unfortunately for him, he was betrayed by his apprentice Darth Malak.

After this incident, the Jedi recovered Revan and erased his memories, hoping to restore him to the Light Side of the Force and rejoin their ranks. Further games, novels and comic books would reveal more about Revan's story, namely how he and Malak became part of the Sith. Since debuting, Darth Revan has been a fan-favorite among Star Wars aficionados. Humorously, some have noted that his appearance is heavily reminiscent of actor Keanu Reeves, and the star of John Wick might make for more than just a winning face if Revan is brought into live-action.

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Why Keanu Reeves Is Perfect for Darth Revan

As mentioned, Reeves' popularity has rebounded in recent years, seeing him expand beyond movies into video games such as Cyberpunk 2077. With The Acolyte pulling from the Expanded Universe material, it'd be a great place to bring Darth Revan into live-action. Obviously, if the character is adapted, Reeves' appearance is one reason to cast him as Darth Revan, but his acting chops and star power would also be a huge boon. After all, Star Wars fans who are only familiar with the movies and perhaps the recent Disney+ shows wouldn't know who Revan is. However, seeing a big name like Reeves cast as him would instantly draw their attention. Similarly, his sometimes aloof characters -- particularly Neo from The Matrix series -- would be easy to draw from in bringing a brainwashed amnesiac to life, especially if The Acolyte showcases Revan's redemption.

It's also worth noting that Carrie-Anne Moss was recently cast in the series, though her role is still unknown at this moment. Moss and Reeves most famously played alongside each other in The Matrix movies, and putting them in the same show would be a great way to either replicate what worked in the past or completely subvert audience expectations. The franchise isn't a stranger to accomplishing fan dreams in this way, as Rosario Dawson's casting as Ahsoka Tano was heavily requested and just as appreciated. Given Keanu Reeves' apparent desire to join a major franchise owned by Disney, The Acolyte could be the way to give fans what they want and bring John Wick/Neo to a galaxy far, far away.

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