Keanu Reeves, the man who played The Matrix's chosen one and the mop-haired airhead in the goofy Bill & Ted flicks, was front and center at New York Comic Con Thursday evening to promote his eerie new indie sci-fi feature, Replicas.
Reeves was present for the crowded panel inside the Javits Center's Room 1A06 to screen the initial footage from the disturbing cloning thriller, which is directed by Jeffrey Nachmanoff (The Day After Tomorrow).
There's been a palpable buzz around Replicas since its summer film festival intro, with the movie centered around William Foster, an obsessed neuroscientist whose family perishes in a severe car accident. Seeking refuge from the incapacitating grief, he submerges himself in radical cloning technology in an attempt to resurrect them, with some unexpected consequences and nefarious government antagonists threatening to destroy more than just his extreme research.
Here's the first unsettling trailer showing the heartbreaking tragedy and one visionary synthetic biologist's mad attempt to transfer human consciousness into loved ones.
Have a look and let us know if this strange experiment might have merit.
Replicas co-stars John Ortiz (Silver Linings Playbook) as Jones, the nefarious villain, Thomas Middleditch (Silicon Valley) as Reeves' assistant in the madness, and Alice Eve (Star Trek Into Darkness) as Reeves' dead/restored wife.
"Replicas started in the brain of a producing partner that I work with, Stephen Hamel," said Reeves during the live-streamed panel. "He had this idea of what would happen to this married man, this family man whose family died.
"We worked on the development of the story for a little over a year, developing this idea of how does this father, husband, this scientist bring his family back after they've been killed. It's been a process I've really loved."
Byron Allen's Entertainment Studios inked a $4 million deal at the Toronto International Film Festival last month to distribute Replicas in North America in wide release next year. Reeves is a producing partner with Stephen Hamel on this provocative project, along with Transformers producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura. London Has Fallen's Chad St. John did the screenwriting honors.
"Part of what we hoped for in this project is that it's a good ride and that it's entertaining and that there's stuff to think about and some humor as well," Reeves added.
Filmed entirely in Puerto Rico with a Puerto Rican crew during hurricane season, Replicas is due to appear in theaters sometime in 2018.