'Bill & Ted 3' Cast, Release Date, and More About the Wyld Stallyns' Return

Cue air guitars.

Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves in  'Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure'

Bill S. Preston Esquire and Ted Theodore Logan will time travel yet again in Bill & Ted Face the Music, coming summer 2020. It’s been more than 20 years since Bill & Ted stars Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves played Bill and Ted, two of San Dimas, California’s most chill residents and the two closest friends you could ever envision. Coming along for the ride will be an epic cast, with new additions being made every day as production gets rolling; things are starting to get very exciting.

Rumors had been circulating for some time that Bill & Ted 3 was on the way. In 2016, Winter addressed those rumors to Forbes, saying a third film was in the works but some kinks still needed working out. By March 2018, Reeves and Winter were telling Entertainment Weekly they were very close to getting the green light thanks to the spec script written by returning Bill & Ted writers Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon. Then, in May 2018, it was confirmed at Cannes.

So, what can fans expect from the third Bill & Ted film? Who’s returning? Who’s joining the cast? What’s the plot? Will Bill and Ted get the Wyld Stallyns back together for one big show? Here’s everything you need to know about Bill & Ted 3.

Still photo of Bill (Alex Winter) and Ted (Keanu Reeves) in 'Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure'
Bill and Ted are really happy you liked their history project.

What’s the Official Title of the Bill & Ted 3 Movie?

The titles for past Bill & Ted movies have been very much of their time and full of fun. Who doesn’t love an “Excellent Adventure” or a “Bogus Journey”? But the title for the third Bill & Ted movie, Bill & Ted Face the Music, is definitely more sobering and grown-up. Whereas the first two films were all about having a good time amidst some very strange circumstances, it sounds like this third movie is going to involve a very big reality check for our two favorite San Dimas residents.

When Is the Bill & Ted Face the Music Release Date?

Bill & Ted Face the Music will be released on August 21, 2020. Bill & Ted stars Winter and Reeves confirmed the release date in maybe the greatest announcement video recorded in human history?? Watch it for yourself below:

When Does Production of Bill & Ted Face the Music Start?

Production on the third Bill & Ted began Sunday, June 16, 2019. Alex Winter tweeted out confirmation of the big moment in the afternoon, writing, “Just got to location to shoot @BillandTed3. Making movies is a miraculous gig, but it’s also stressful & fairly nuts. Good to be here with @ed_solomon, our great director & producer, many folks I’ve known most of my life. We’re family, and that makes this all the more special.”

Is There a Trailer for Bill & Ted Face the Music?

Sorry, brah. Not yet.

With production only just beginning, we might see some footage or behind-the-scenes photos from set in the coming months. A teaser trailer will also likely drop in late 2019 or early 2020.

What Is the Plot of Bill & Ted 3?

The plot of Bill & Ted Face the Music is all about Bill and Ted facing the pressures and realities of parenthood, adulthood, work, the future, diverted dreams, and beyond — all in a 21st century that looks very different from the one they probably envisioned when they were hanging out with Rufus back in 1989. Plus, they have yet to write the song Rufus told them would save the world, which is… kind of a big bummer.

The official synopsis reads:

“When we last met Bill and Ted they were time-traveling teenagers trying to pass history class and win the battle of the bands. Once prophesized to save the universe with their rock and roll, middle age and the responsibilities of family have caught up with these two best friends who have not yet fulfilled their destiny. 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, Bill and Ted find much, much more than just a song.”

Still from 'Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey'
Things once got super bogus for Bill and Ted.

Who’s Returning For Bill & Ted Face The Music?

It wouldn’t be a Bill & Ted adventure without Reeves or Winter, so, of course, they’re coming back. the dynamic duo has been front-and-center building hype up for the third film for a while now. So it’s a foregone conclusion they’re back on board for this next adventure.

June was a big more for the Bill & Ted casting department as two separate casting announcements were released that helped to flesh out an already exciting cast. Part of the casting news was Variety’s report that Amy Stoch and Hal Landon Jr. would be reprising their roles. Stoch will return as Missy, Bill’s very young step-mom we first met in Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure. Landon Jr. will return as Ted’s dad, a local San Dimas police officer who is more than likely retired in Face the Music.

It was previously announced that William Sadler, who played the Grim Reaper in Bogus Journey back in 1991, would be returning, too. The Hollywood Reporter confirmed Sadler would be reprising his role as death incarnate back in March 2019, more than a year after voicing his hopes for a third Bill & Ted back in February 2018.

Who’s Joining Bill & Ted Face The Music?

In additional casting news, some key roles were announced in late June 2019. In the same Variety report confirming Stoch and Landon Jr. were returning, it was announced Saturday Night Live cast member Beck Bennett was joining the film as Ted’s younger brother, Deacon Logan (truly genius casting, TBH). The Hollywood Reporter announced Barry baddie Anthony Carrigan had signed on to play the villain of Face of the Music who THR referred to as a “relentless adversary* without offering up any other details.

Deadline reported that Glee alum Jayma Mays and Kevin Can Wait’s Erinn Hayes would also join as Bill and Ted’s wives, Princess Joanna and Princess Elizabeth, respectively. For those who may need their memory jogged, Joanna and Elizabeth were the two medieval babes Bill and Ted fell for during their time-traveling shenanigans in Excellent Adventure who were then transported to 1989 San Dimas with Rufus’ help.

Bill and Ted are dads now, so casting their daughters was going to be big news. Previously, Deadline confirmed Samara Weaving (Netflix’s The Babysitter, SMILF) and Brigette Lundy-Paine (Netflix’s Atypical) casting in Face the Music made its way to the internet. Weaving will play Bill’s daughter, Thea, and Lundy-Paine will play Ted’s daughter, Billie. Ever the best friends, it sounds like Bill and Ted named their daughters after each other, bonding the girls for life.

Both actresses have been mum about their casting. That didn’t stop the Instagram account for Face the Music from posting a most excellent collage featuring a throwback photo of Bill and Ted with screenshots from Weaving and Lundy-Paine’s audition tapes to show off just how much they look like their movie dads.

Shortly after that exciting casting news, The Hollywood Reporter announced Scott Mescudi, (aka, Kid Cudi), had also been cast. Similar to Weaving and Lundy-Paine, details about Mescudi’s role are being kept under wraps.

Will Bill & Ted 3 Pay Homage to Rufus?

Sadly, comedian George Carlin, who played Bill and Ted’s time-travelin pal Rufus, passed away in 2008. Rufus was an integral part of the Bill & Ted universe, first alerting the best friends to the place they would hold in history thanks to the power of their music back in Excellent Adventure. With Carlin gone, will Face the Music address Rufus’ absence?

Solomon confirmed to Digital Spy the film would definitely include an homage to Rufus and it would be done in a creative way:

“They return to that scene at the Circle K when Bill and Ted first meet themselves, only now they’re watching their younger selves and looking at the exuberance and joy that they had at that time in their lives. And they see Rufus, they see George Carlin.”

Solomon also added, “There’s also a character in the movie named Kelly, which is George’s daughter’s name, who has a very significant role in the journey,” and concluded, “so George is a deep, deep part of it.”

Who’s Featured on the Bill & Ted Face The Music Soundtrack?

The title and plot only further confirm that the soundtrack for this film will be nothing but the best thing landing in our laps during summer 2020. You really thought a movie that included the words “Face the Music” which is about two middle-aged California rocker dads who go on a historical adventure and encounter music legends wouldn’t have good music?!

That said, there’s been no confirmation on what the soundtrack will include, so stay tuned for that. Fingers crossed Kid Cudi makes the cut since he’s in the cast.

Promo photo for 'Bill & Ted Face the Music'
Bill  and Ted are gearing up for a new adventure... and their kids are coming along for the ride.

Will Wyld Stallyns Perform?

Well, “Face the Music” is part of the title and Bill and Ted have been always been ready to jam, so the chances are very good we’ll see Wyld Stallyns team up for at least one epic performance. Who knows? They might even recruit their daughters to perform with them.


Bill & Ted Face the Music will be released August 21, 2020.