Official Character Posters for 47 RONIN Prove Universal’s Keanu Reeves-fronted Tentpole Still Exists

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Universal’s 47 Ronin is a curious project.  The 3D film, which stars Keanu Reeves and enters on 18th century samurai who seek to avenge their master’s death, began production in 2011 as a prospective tentpole for Universal Studios that was to open in theaters over the Thanksgiving holiday in 2012.  However, reports started to surface of production troubles on the $175 million saga, with the budget reportedly ballooning to $225 million. The release date was subsequently pushed back to February 2013, and then again to December 25th of this year.  Rumors swirled that director Carl Rinsch, who previously cut his teeth on commercials, had been removed from the editing room, and we started to wonder if 47 Ronin would ever see the light of day.

However, Universal now seems ready to kick the marketing campaign into high gear as some pretty impressive character posters have been released, boasting the tagline “seize eternity.”  Hopefully a debut trailer is on the way.  Hit the jump to take a look at the posters.  The film also stars Hiroyuki Sanada, Tadanobu Asano, Kô Shibasaki, and Rinko Kikuchi.

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Here’s the official synopsis for 47 Ronin:

From ancient Japan’s most enduring tale, the epic 3D fantasy-adventure 47 Ronin is born. Keanu Reeves leads the cast as Kai, an outcast who joins Oishi (Hiroyuki Sanada), the leader of the 47 outcast samurai. Together they seek vengeance upon the treacherous overlord who killed their master and banished their kind. To restore honor to their homeland, the warriors embark upon a quest that challenges them with a series of trials that would destroy ordinary warriors.




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  • Reijanrobo

    Granted I only saw an early screening but as a fan of the modern side of this genre I felt it had some serious issues. I really hope there is some major changes in the action and pacing because it was boring as hell more than not. Great to see Keanu kicking butt again though. Anxious to see the final product!

  • Mixed Race rich kid NYC

    Universal next big bomb after R.I.P.D

  • Mixed Race rich kid NYC

    Universal next big bomb after R.I.P.D

  • meh

    the first poster looks great.

  • Grayden

    viceral, edgy, violent film opening around the Christmas holiday? wasnt the lesson learned with ‘Girl/Dragon Tattoo’?

    • Strong Enough

      no it wasn’t since Django the most violent movie in years was a hit on Christmas

  • Bella

    Rick Genest!

  • Yurine

    I didn’t know Rick Genest was in this!

  • jay

    that first poster is sick, i always thought if they did a remake of The Warriors that should be what one of the gangs looked like.

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  • Don Vito

    Well whodathunk? Color me impressed.

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