Keanu Reeves almost had a cameo in Bullet Train

Keanu Reeves in John Wick
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Bullet Train almost featured another major cameo, director David Leitch has revealed. Throughout the movie, Brad Pitt's assassin Ladybug references his therapist Barry, who has been helping him achieve inner peace. As it turns out, if Barry had been shown on screen, he'd probably have been played by none other than Keanu Reeves. 

"There was a moment where we were going to do a scene with Barry," producer Kelly McCormick revealed at a preview screening of the film (H/T Entertainment Weekly). "My dream cast was Keanu," Leitch added. "Wouldn't it have been great? Hey, Bullet Train 2!"

Leitch previously worked with Reeves on John Wick, which he co-directed with Chad Stahelski. That wouldn't have been the only reunion, either: Sandra Bullock is part of Bullet Train's starry cast, and she starred in Speed opposite Reeves. 

Bullet Train also reunited Leitch and Pitt – the director was Pitt's stunt double on multiple movies, including Fight Club. "He trained me for those fights and in a way he [was] helping me develop the character; now he's a director with his own voice and own vernacular and I'm serving him, he's the boss," Pitt has said of the experience. "So there was a beautiful symmetry for two old friends."

Along with Pitt and Bullock, Bullet Train also stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Brian Tyree Henry, Joey King, Hiroyuki Sanada, Andrew Koji, Michael Shannon, Logan Lerman, Bad Bunny, Karen Fukuhara, and Zazie Beetz. 

Bullet Train is in UK cinemas now and hits US theaters this August 5. In the meantime, check out our guide to all of 2022's upcoming major movie release dates for everything else the year has in store. 

Molly Edwards
Entertainment Writer

I'm an Entertainment Writer here at GamesRadar+, covering all things film and TV for the site's Total Film and SFX sections. I previously worked on the Disney magazines team at Immediate Media, and also wrote on the CBeebies, MEGA!, and Star Wars Galaxy titles after graduating with a BA in English.