Okay, the whole anime community is probably abuzz with the news by now. If you are an otaku who has been out of the loop, consider yourself lucky for you may have not yet heard of the horror that is:
Nobody knows if the news is true, but Keanu is a huge fan of Cowboy Bebop, and if he uses his clout to get the part, he will get it, in the midst of an entire niche's cries of despair and anguish.
Why the ruckus, you ask? The biggest reason probably lies in the fact that whilst Keanu might have the good looks and the bad-ass ability to dish out chock-fu whilst suspended in wires, the fact remains that the last role he was able to portray effectively enough remains to be Theodore "Ted" Logan. Throughout the rest of his esteemed filmography, Keanu has exhibited the acting level equal to that of a wooden plank.
A grain of salt, though: I was talking to Siloportem earlier, a stalwart otaku who greatly respects the CB franchise and everything it stands for, a person known for his scathing and intelligent analyses of anime and manga in general. Having said this, he was of the persuasion that the film and the casting is, in fact, a good thing.
The reason? To spread the word of Cowboy Bebop. And the possibility that, for lack of anything else, the movie might actually be entertaining.
Wise words, indeed.