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Keanu is Klaatu

Keanu Reeves will play the noble alien Klaatu in 20th Century Fox's remake of the 1951 sci-fi classic, THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL, VARIETY reports. Michael Rennie's distinct performance in the original is so revered that finding the right actor to take the role has been one of the chief reasons the remake has been in development for so long.

David Scarpa has reworked the screenplay, which sees Klaatu arriving on Earth with an indestructible android with a warning that if Earth does not stop it warring the intergalactic planets will be forces to destroy the blue planet.

Scott Derrickson (THE EXORCISM OF EMILY ROSE) will direct while Erwin Stoff produces.

Production will most likely start in late fall or early 2008.

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