November 17, 2009 at 11:32 PM EST

According to Variety, Keanu Reeves is set to star in the samurai swordsman-centric epic 47 Ronin. First-time director Carl Eric Rinsch — who nearly got a gig directing the Aliens prequel until Ridley Scott returned to the franchise — is currently in talks to direct. The film — released by Universal — will tell the story of a group of samurai avenging the death of their master.

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