The whole world – as measured strictly by me and my friends, to be fair – went into a deep, deep depression last year when Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele suddenly announced the end of their acclaimed sketch show Key & Peele. As it turns out, we needn’t have mourned, because the red band trailer for duo’s first feature film, Keanu, has just been released and if the film lives up to the trailer, it’s a glorious, hilarious continuation of everything that made Key & Peele special. Don’t take my word for it though, see it for yourself right here. (Warning: slightly NSFW.)
Devastated after being dumped by his longtime girlfriend, Jordan Peele’s character gets over the loss after he adopts an absolutely adorable stray kitten he names “Keanu”. Naturally, he and his best friend Clarence (Keegan Michael Key) fall deeply in love with the little guy, and their lives are turned upside down when Peele’s apartment is broken into and Keanu is stolen by a feared gangster. The two hatch a plan to pretend to be dangerous drug dealers in order to rescue their furry friend: bullets, bloodshed and a lot of George Michael songs ensue. In other words, that title can’t be a just a joke about how normal these characters are, right? It’s essentially a riff on the Keanu Reeves action film bloodfest John Wick. In other words, it’s difficult to tell if it’s a great idea, or the greatest idea.
A poster has also been released, and yes, it is also hilarious:
Key and Peele star, along with Method Man, Straight Outta Compton‘s Jason Mitchell, Will Forte, Darrell Britt-Gibson, and Nia Long. Peter Atencio directs from a script written by Peele and Alex Rubens, and it’s produced by Key, Peele, Peter Principato, Paul Young, and Joel Zadak. It meows into theaters April 29.
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