Javier Navarrete has taken over scoring duties on the upcoming 3D martial arts fantasy adventure 47 Ronin. The film is directed by Carl Erik Rinsch and stars Keanu Reeves, as well as Japanese actors Hiroyuki Sanada, Tadanobu Asano, Rinko Kikuchi, and Kou Shibasaki. The movie is written by Chris Morgan (Fast Five) and Hossein Amini (Drive) and follows the 47 Ronin, a band of samurai swordsmen who avenge the death of their master in 18th century Japan. Scott Stuber (Ted, Safe House), Eric McLeod (Mr. & Mrs. Smith) and Pamela Abdy (Garden State) are producing the Universal Pictures release. Navarrete is taking over for Atticus Ross (The Social Network) who was previously attached to score the film as reported earlier this year. 47 Ronin is set to be released on December 25, 2013.
As previously reported, Navarrete whose best known film scoring credits include this year’s Wrath of the Titans and Guillermo Del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth, for which he received an Academy Award nomination has also scored the supernatural drama Byzantium directed by Neil Jordan and starring Saoirse Ronan and Gemma Arterton. The film premiered at this year’s Toronto Film Festival and has been picked up by IFC Films for a domestic release in 2013.