Rapper Kid Cudi Joins the Cast of Bill & Ted Face the Music

  • Axl Rosenberg

Kid Cudi (né Scott Mescudi) has joined the cast of Bill & Ted Face the Music in a role that “is being kept under wraps,” Deadline reports. In addition to Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter as the titular heroes, the rapper joins William Sadler, reprising his role as Death from Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey, and Samara Weaving and Brigette Lundy-Paine as Bill and Ted’s daughters, Billie and Thea. (Billie is Ted’s daughter, and Thea is Bill’s daughter. They named their daughters after one another! Adorable.)

It’s possible Cudi’s role is a small cameo, kinda like then-Faith No More guitarist Jim Martin’s part in Bogus Journey…

…but I don’t think they’d be so coy about who he was playing if that was the case. My guess: Kid Cudi is gonna be this movie’s equivalent of Rufus, who won’t be coming back for the third Bill & Ted outing on account of George Carlin being currently unavailable. I’m pulling that out of my ass, though. I just don’t know why they’d make a big to-do about this casting decision if the role wasn’t central.

Although news of a rapper snatching a big part in a movie about two metalheads will surely rub a certain kind of curmudgeon the wrong way, I don’t see it as cause for alarm. Granted, I have not seen Kid Cudi act much. But I did seem him guest on an episode of Brooklyn Nine-Nine six years ago, and if memory serves, he was fine.

Bill & Ted Face the Music comes out August 21, 2020.

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