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Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter are still rocking in first trailer for Bill & Ted Face the Music

By Josh Weiss
Bill & Ted Face the Music

Hey there, all you dudes and dude-ettes — the first trailer for Bill & Ted Face the Music is here, and it is (dare we say it) most excellent. While it's been almost 30 years since their last adventure, it doesn't look like Keanu Reeves (Ted Logan) and Alex Winter (Bill Preston) have lost any of their spaced-out California charm.

As our heroes enter the malaise of middle age, they're visited by someone from the future who informs them that their music — one bodacious track in particular — is the only hope of uniting all life and saving reality as we know it. They're brought before a council of futuristic elders that tasks them with the momentous mission. With some help from their daughters (played by Brigette Lundy-Paine and Samara Weaving), historical figures, and a few musical legends, Bill and Ted once again set out in their time-traveling phone booth to become champions of the known universe.

The only hitch is that they're suffering from serious writer's block, having chased a magical, harmony-bringing musical composition for decades after peaking with their epic concert at the end of 1991's Bogus Journey. Looking to circumvent the problem, our two protagonists decide to go to the future and simply steal the song from their older selves after it's already been written. Turns out their older selves are jacked, incarcerated, and rocking some serious facial hair.

Watch the trailer (released in honor of Bill & Ted Day) now:

As you can see, the air-guitar-playing duo reunite with the Grim Reaper (William Sadler returns to play the ghoulish role from Bogus Journey), who's more than happy to rock out with them in his hellish office. No, literally, his office is in Hell. But hey, at least he's totally on their side this time, right?

Face the Music was written by original Bill & Ted scribes Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon. Galaxy Quest's Dean Parisot directs. Kid Cudi, Kristen Schaal, Anthony Carrigan, Erinn Hayes, Jayma Mays, Jillian Bell, Holland Taylor, Beck Bennett, Hal Landon Jr., and Amy Stoch co-star.

"Knowing the teaser was being released today, I woke up thinking about how many years and how much incredible hard work went into creating something that is, essentially, 90 minutes of silliness and absurdity," Solomon wrote on Twitter today.

Check out the film's poster below:

Bill & Ted Face the Music poster

Still unrated at this time, Bill & Ted Face the Music is scheduled to roll into theaters Friday, August 21.

The lack of a date in the trailer or on the poster, however, could mean United Artists and Orion Pictures are (as Warner Bros. is doing with Tenet) waiting to see the state of reopened theaters before announcing a firm release.