It was decidedly un-bogus when we learned that the Bill & Ted franchise would become a trilogy with Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves would be reprising their titular roles in a new adventure in which their daughters would be along for the ride.
Bill & Ted Face the Music started shooting on July 1, and Entertainment Weekly just dropped three stills from the film.
The other two films in the series came out in 1989 and 1991, but there Bill & Ted are in 2019, somehow still using a payphone as their time machine. Apparently, there isn’t an app for that, and seeing our heroes back in the booth is earning this movie some major nostalgia points.
The other photos show our heroes talking with William Sadler reprising his role as the Grim Reaper from Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey. There’s some Wyld Stallyns merchandise mounted on the wall, which suggests that their band’s career took off as we always knew it would.
The final still shows some of the newcomers to the series. Clad in bright, ’80s-inspired clothes and standing in a cul-de-sac are Brigette Lundy-Paine and Samara Weaving, who play the duo’s daughters, along with Kid Cudi.
“He plays Kid Cudi,” says director Dean Parisot. “He gets mysteriously thrown around through various times because all time and space is coming unglued.”
Reliably funny people like Jillian Bell, Kristen Schaal, and SNL’s Beck Bennett are also coming to the franchise, but we’re just as pumped that Parisot got the nod to direct.
He’s done a bunch of TV and a few features, most notably Galaxy Quest, a completely silly movie about a bunch of vapid space opera actors called upon by an alien race for help. It’s a movie with a ridiculous premise and a great cast—Tony Shalhoub, Alan Rickman, and Sigourney frickin’ Weaver among them.
In other words, it has a lot in common with the Bill & Ted saga, and we’re confident it’s in good hands.
Bill & Ted Face the Music comes to theaters on August 21, 2020, a long time to wait unless you have access to a phone booth time machine.