It has been decades since audiences last saw Bill (Alex Winter) and Ted (Keanu Reeves) completing their Bogus Journey and learning to play instruments so they finally could compose the song that would unite the world in harmony. This has been their destiny ever since the two meet Rufus (George Carlin) outside of a Circle K in Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure. But if you recalled, when Bill and Ted returned from their musical education at the end of Bogus Journey, they also had babies… named Bill and Ted.
I assumed that Bill and Ted had baby boys. So, apparently, did series co-creator Ed Solomon, who also wrote the new Bill and Ted Face the Music, opening on August 28. Solomon has been with Bill and Ted since day one, and likely knows them better than they know themselves. So when I had the chance to interview him about the new movie, and the series’ legacy, I asked if they gender swapped the kids from Bogus Journey to now be played, in 2020, by Samara Weaving and Brigette Lundy-Paine. Solomon confessed:
There’s no way to know how different Bill and Ted Face the Music might have been if they cast sons instead of daughters in the third adventure. I’m going to trust Ed Solomon when he tells us that it just didn’t work, on any level.
But having seen the movie, I can confirm that Samara Weaving and Brigette Lundy-Paine are excellent continuations of the loveable “heroes” we followed in the first two Bill and Ted movies. They personify the wonder and ingenuity that sets Bill (Alex Winter) and Ted (Keanu Reeves) apart from other movie duos. And it’s clear that the main characters wouldn’t be ready to face the music if not for the support of their daughters.
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