John Cleese has been added to the cast of the Keeanu Reeves-starring remake of the classic The Day The Earth Stood Still. Cleese will be playing Dr. Barnhardt, a scientist who will help explain to the world the importance of the arrival of the alien Klaatu (Reeves) on Earth.
This is one film I am not looking forward to very much. The original Day is a masterpiece of filmmaking. While its message of the need for peace or suffer annihilation is as timely as ever, I don’t think that current-day Hollywood can remake the movie and keep it as plot and dialogue driven as the original was. I fear that the temptation to include rediculous and bloated action and visual effects sequences will be too much. We’ll find out for sure in December when the film is scheduled to hit screens.
Also in the cast are Jennifer Connelly, Kathy Bates and Jaden Smith.