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Bill & Ted: Face The Music's Villian Is NoHo Hank From HBO's Barry

Posted by on June 19, 2019 at 4:33 pm

The cast of the new Bill & Ted movie is getting stronger and stronger. The film started production earlier this year and we already know that actor William Sadler will return to the film series to play Death, and Kid Cudi was cast in a secretive role. But today's casting news is the one I am most excited about because it features one of my favorite character actors working today.

The Hollywood Reporter revealed that actor Anthony Carrigan has signed onto the project. You might be familiar with Anthony's work playing NoHo Hank, the breakout star of the new HBO series Barry, starring Bill Hader. Seriously, if you haven't seen the show – it's worth a viewing for this character alone. The report says Anthony will play “the duo’s relentless adversary.” We're in.

Bill & Ted Face the Music comes out August 21, 2020. THR offered this synopsis a few months ago:

Bill & Ted Face the Music will see the duo long past their days as time-traveling teenagers and now weighed down by middle age and the responsibilities of family. They’ve written thousands of tunes, but they have yet to write a good one, much less the greatest song ever written. With the fabric of time and space tearing around them, a visitor from the future warns our heroes that only their song can save life as we know it. Out of luck and fresh out of inspiration, Bill and Ted set out on a time travel adventure to seek the song that will set their world right and bring harmony in the universe as we know it. Together with the aid of their daughters, a new crop of historical figures, and some sympathetic music legends, they find much, much more than just a song.

The film was written by the original creators, Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon along with Dean Parisot directing. The script is eight years in the making.

In an interview with Yahoo in 2014, Alex Winter gave a few more hints of the plot:

“[Bill & Ted] will be 40-something and it’s all about Bill and Ted grown up, or not grown up,” Winter tells us. “It’s really sweet and really f—-ing funny.

“But it’s a Bill & Ted movie, that’s what it is. It’s for the fans of Bill & Ted. It fits very neatly in the [series]. It’s not going to feel like a reboot. The conceit is really funny: What if you’re middle-aged, haven’t really grown up and you’re supposed to have saved the world and maybe, just maybe, you kinda haven’t?”

“There’s many versions of ourselves in this movie,” he continues. “[It’s] answering the question: ‘What happened to these guys?’ They’re supposed to have done all this stuff, they weren’t the brightest bulbs on the tree, what happened 20 years later? To answer that question in a comedic way felt rich with possibility.”

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