It’s official: Bill and Ted are middle-aged dads.
The trailer for Bill & Ted Face the Music just dropped, and it starts with a bang. We find our heroes standing in front of the Future Council at the facing a tough question: “Twenty-five years ago you played a concert in front of the entire world. One month ago, you played in Barstow, California for 40 people, most of whom were there for $2 taco night. Bill and Ted, what have you got to say for yourselves?”
“Be excellent to each other,” Alex Winter’s Bill replies. “And party on dudes!” Keanu Reeves‘s Ted adds with a flourish.
These non-answers, as excellent as they might be, clearly aren’t enough to satisfy the council, and Bill and Ted must embark on a journey to finally write the song that will unite the world, something they’ve been trying to do since that concert.
Ted hatches a scheme: “Why can’t we go to the future when we have written it?” that Bill finishes, “and take it from ourselves?” Moral quandary aside, the pair climb into the old phone booth and go into the future. They find themselves, amazingly, as yoked and tatted up convicts, a surprise that elicits a “whoaaaaa” from Bill, Ted, and the audience.
The trailer also gives us brief glimpses of the Grim Reaper playing air guitar with Bill and (Ted in Hell?) and their kids, Thea and Billie, who were last seen as babies at the end of Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey.
All in all, this trailer does what it’s supposed to do, reveal just enough about the movie to make the audience even more excited while leaving plenty of questions — How do they end up in hell? What did future Bill and future Ted do to end up in jail? Are the $2 tacos any good? — that make you want to buy a ticket, assuming that will be possible.
Bill & Ted Face the Music is due to be released on August 21.