Keanu Reeves Is in 'The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run' — and His Character Is a True Delight

The trailer for 'The Spongebob Movie: Sponge on the Run' dropped today, and all anyone can talk about is how Keanu Reeves plays a sage...made out of literal Sage. Here's what you need to know about Keanu's role and the rest of the cast.

Gina Vaynshteyn - Author

Apr. 16 2020, Updated 1:43 p.m. ET

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Are ya ready, kids? (Aye, aye, captain!) The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run trailer is here and it is giving us LIFE. The Nickelodeon show we used to watch when we were kids has gotten the glow-up treatment (it's CGI), but all the things we loved about it are still there. SpongeBob is still eager and ready for anything. Patrick is still dopey but now wears a J.Crew sweater.

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Even Squidward and Sandy are back! But there's one Bikini Bottom character whose whereabouts everyone is worried about: Gary the Snail. Gary's mysteriously gone missing, but with the help of Keanu Reeves, SpongeBob is determined to find Gary and bring him back.

Yup, Keanu Reeves is in Sponge on the Run.

"Hello," Keanu says to SpongeBob and Patrick in the trailer. "Call me Sage. I'm made out of Sage and I am a sage. So it works out pretty well," Keanu says, with a literal twinkle in his eye. "I'm Patrick. My name means 'toaster' is Celtic," Patrick says. "Pretty sure it doesn't," Keanu/Sage says, making us love him even more even though he's spoken all of maybe 23 words in the trailer. 

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If the nostalgia isn't the primary driving force behind you going to see Sponge on the Run, then it's Keanu as a Sage made of sage. And a lot of people would agree.

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Ahem, he's a *sage*, not a tumbleweed, but anyway.

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Who else is in  the cast of The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run?

Tom Kenny stars as the voice of SpongeBob (he originally voiced the talking sponge in the Nickelodeon series). Kenny has also been in BoJack Horseman, and American Dad!. Bill Fagerbakke, the original voice of Patrick Star, is back. He's also appeared in an episode of Black-ish, How I Met Your Mother, and more. Lori Alan is back as Pearl, Rodger Bumpass is still our beloved Squidward, Carolyn Lawrence is Sandy, and Clancy Brown is back as the voice of Mr. Krabs.

Awkwafina will also be lending her voice to the Sponge on the Run cast, but it's unclear who she'll be portraying. Along with Awkwafina, expect to hear Snoop Dogg and Reggie Watts. While the movie is definitely an homage to the classic series, it's still featuring some new faces, er, voices. 

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run will hit theaters May 22, 2020.

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