While a couple of the unexpected cameos managed to be a surprise (they are now using them to promote the movie) in Hobbs & Shaw, the early reports that Keanu Reeves was going to pop up didn't materialise into an actual appearance in the finished film. However, speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, director David Leitch revealed he almost got to reunite with his John Wick star, but he wanted to save Reeves for a more substantial role.
“It all stemmed from the fact that we had talked to Keanu early on. It was even before where we ended up with this draft. I had been talking to Keanu periodically through the shooting of it all and looking for opportunities of where it could be. I also wanted to make sure that it was enough — a real promise for something legitimate in the future — and wasn’t just a stunt casting role. We started to populate the movie with all these other personalities, and I just didn’t really think that we needed it, although I would’ve loved it. We even talked in post, and I showed him a rough cut of the movie. Then, we had conversations about ‘is there something here?’ We came to the conclusion of ‘let’s put a pin in it.’ I’m all for finding opportunities, but I also didn’t want to force anything.”
The voice giving Idris Elba's Brixton his orders throughout the movie wasn't revealed (although it was voiced by one of the cameoing actors), could Reeves be inline to play the sinister director of the super mysterious corporation Eteon? Perhaps he's another former work colleague of Hobbs', and he will join Agent Locke, Dinkley, and Agent Loeb as the team for the potential sequel. Aside from being the nicest guy in Hollywood, Keanu Reeves has enjoyed a great year at the box office. John Wick 3 served up the highest-grossing entry in the franchise, he voiced Duke Caboom in Toy Story 4, and his cameo in Always Be My Maybe created a million memes. The topper on the Keanu shaped cake is after decades of trying, Bill & Ted 3 is finally happening! Bill & Ted Face The Music is currently filming and is due for on August 21, 2020.