Keanu Reeves Was Considered For Brad Pitt’s Lost City Role
Exclusive: Directors Adam and Aaron Nee reveal that Keanu Reeves was considered for Brad Pitt's The Lost City role but was busy during filming.
Directors Adam and Aaron Nee reveal that Keanu Reeves was considered for Brad Pitt’s The Lost City role but was busy during filming. The adventure rom-com centers on Loretta Sage, a novelist who has become reclusive following her husband’s passing and is forced to go on a book tour with her dimwitted cover model Alan Caprison to promote her latest adventure novel. Loretta finds her life thrown into chaos when eccentric billionaire Abigail Fairfax kidnaps her in the hopes of helping him find a mythical ancient city chronicled in her latest book, leading to Alan stepping up in the hopes of proving himself to be a real adventurer.
Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum led the cast of The Lost City as Loretta and Alan alongside Daniel Radcliffe as Abigail, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, Patti Harrison, Oscar Nunez and Brad Pitt. Helmed by the Nee brothers on a script they co-wrote with Oren Uziel and Dana Fox, the film hit theaters this past March to generally positive reviews from critics and audiences alike for the cast’s performances, solid humor and nostalgic sense of adventure harking back to Romancing the Stone and The Mummy. The Lost City also proved to be a modest box office success, grossing over $163 million against its reported $74 million production budget, currently sitting as the ninth highest-grossing film of the year.
In time for the film’s digital and streaming premiere, Screen Rant spoke exclusively with directors Adam and Aaron Nee to discuss The Lost City. When discussing Brad Pitt’s memorable cameo in the rom-com adventure, the duo revealed they were uncertain they’d be able to get him for the role and had other stars in mind, most notably Keanu Reeves. See what Adam Nee said below:
“I think we thought it was gonna be Keanu Reeves initially, but he was was tied up with John Wick and that’s where we were like, ‘Brad was always our first choice,’ but we didn’t think it was gonna happen. Then [Sandra] did Bullet Train and it came together. And I love Keanu, he would’ve been fun too.”
Pitt starred in The Lost City as Jack Trainer, a man Alan met while on a meditation retreat who specializes as a mercenary and is hired to help track Loretta down. Pitt’s role in the film was a largely discussed element long before the first trailer for the adventure rom-com arrived, with early reports indicating the Oscar winner would only have a cameo role while Adam Nee would later indicate he had a more expanded part. The Once Upon a Time in Hollywood star was ultimately cast for the film thanks to his work on the upcoming action-thriller Bullet Train, in which Bullock is starring in a role of unknown size.
While Keanu Reeves has enjoyed a career resurgence since the start of the John Wick franchise and showed his comedy chops with the likes of Netflix’s Always Be My Maybe, Pitt would prove to be a strong choice for The Lost City role of Jack Trainer. Combining the action movie tropes Pitt has frequently tapped into in the past with the comedic timing of some of his more under-appreciated roles, the star received rave reviews for his supporting performance in the film. Audiences can catch up with Pitt’s latest performance as The Lost City is now out on digital platforms and streaming on Paramount+.