Bill and Ted fans have been waiting for a third film in the series for almost three decades, but not even the time-traveling duo could’ve foreseen its turbulent journey toward release. While originally set to debut in August, the COVID-19 pandemic has forced the Orion Pictures production to shuffle its release strategy.

The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that Bill and Ted Face the Music will skip the traditional theatrical release, and instead be available to rent via Video on Demand September 1st, on top of playing at any open theater or drive-in willing to play it.

This news comes on top of a brand new trailer for the film, which is leading up to the virtual Bill and Ted Comic-Con panel later this weekend.

Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter reprise their roles as Theodore “Ted” Logan and William “Bill” S. Preston, Esq. respectively, who must write a song that will save the universe for a third time. Meanwhile, their daughters (Brigette Lundy-Paine and Samara Weaving) will embark on their own journey through time to recruit a band of historical figures to help them out.

As seen in the trailer, William Sadler returns as Death, while new characters played by Kid Cudi, Kristen Schaal, and Jillian Bell further flesh out the blockbuster comedy’s cast. It also appears that Reeves and Winter are playing multiple versions of future Wyld Stallyns, clad in terrible Rockstar top hats and hilarious prosthetic muscle suits.

While other larger films like WB’s Tenet and Disney’s Mulan have opted to have to have their release delayed until theaters are somewhat safe again, Bill and Ted Face the Music looks like the perfect little breezy comedy that this dire year could use.

Are you looking forward to Bill and Ted’s long-awaited return? What jokes stood out to you in the trailer? As always, let us know down below!

Did you know?

Kristen Schaal’s messenger from the future is named Kelly as a tribute to George Carlin, whose daughter is also named Kelly. Rufus, Carlin’s character from the first two Bill and Ted films, was not recast in honor of the late comedian.