GUNS N' ROSES frontman Axl Rose is thrilled Keanu Reeves has been cast as the lead in the big screen adaptation of his favourite book, because a less talented actor would have killed his enthusiasm for the novel.

The NOVEMBER RAIN hitmaker is an avid reader and names PHILIP K DICK's A SCANNER DARKLY as his number one tome.

He says, "I was a little scared when I saw they were making it into a movie starring Keanu.

"But I guess if he can handle The Matrix, he can do this."