At the virtual Comic-Con@Home event this weekend, Kevin Smith (Clerks, Jay and Silent Bob) hosted a panel featuring some prominent members of the upcoming Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey sequel, Bill & Ted Face the Music. The panel featured writers Ed Solomon and Chris Matheson, who penned the first two Bill & Ted flicks, director Dean Parisot (Fun With Dick and Jane, Galaxy Quest), actors Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter, and William Sadler, and Brigitte Lundy-Paine and Samara Weaving, who star as Thea Preston and Billie Logan, the daughters of the excellent duo.
They shared details about the story and production of the film, the first Bill & Ted sequel in 29 years, while also giving backstory into the original creation of the franchise. Matheson and Soloman explained how they created the characters of Bill and Ted while in an improv group, and loved them so much that they would regularly have conversations and even write letters to each other as Bill and Ted. When they originally planned to do a “skit-movie” featuring Bill and Ted in some parts, Matheson’s novelist father Richard convinced them that the teens deserved their own feature-length project.
Cast and crew also detailed some of their favorite moments on-set, most of which were revolved around getting the chance to see Reeves, Winter, and Sadler reunite and seamlessly resume their roles as Ted Logan, Bill S. Preston, and Death. Weaving called watching the reunion as “touching” and “incredible.”
Weaving and Lundy-Paine also explained how they prepared for their roles, where they play similar iterations of their fathers but are actually academic geniuses. They noted how they didn’t want to copy the characters, instead bringing new life to similar features. Neither star had even seen the original Bill and Ted movies beforehand.
Finally, Smith, who got an early screening of the film, which is set to be released on September 1, gave some interesting insight from his first watch, saying that Bill & Ted Face the Music was extremely emotional, and “left him in tears.” He said how it “makes on feel warm in hopeless times.” He also advised viewers to stay until the end credits.
Bill & Ted Face the Music follows Bill and Ted as they try to write a song that will save and “unite the world,” causing them to go into the future to find different iterations of themselves that have already written it so that they can copy from them.
Watching the latest trailer below: