The ‘John Wick’ universe continues to expand, with a fourth major film coming soon in a few months (and giving cryptic social media clues about… something – maybe a trailer) and the TV series ‘The Continental’ is in post-production after shooting this year.
Attention now turns to ‘Ballerina’, a spin-off of the film ‘Wick’, starring Ana de Armas.
Len Wiseman, better known for the ‘Underworld’ and ‘Live Free or Die Hard’ franchises, is in the director’s chair for the film, which has a script from ‘John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum’ co-writer Shay Hatten.
Lionsgate has announced that Ian McShane, who has played Winston, the complicated manager of the Continental Hotel seen in the film, will return to reprise the role.
Collider, meanwhile, has learned that a key character across the franchise – namely Keanu Reeves, who plays John Wick himself – will also appear in the spinoff.
Of course, there’s no information about what Wick might do in the film (other than kicking, punching, and shooting people, we can only assume), or how much of an involvement he might have outside of a potential cameo, as it’s really meant to focus on the character de. Armas.
‘Ballerina’ will follow the briefly glimpsed character Ballerina (and there played by Unity Phelan) in ‘Parabellum’ and tracks down a young killer who seeks revenge against those who killed his family. So… yes, very much a ‘John Wick’ story.
“We are delighted that Ian McShane is joining us for a pivotal role in ‘Ballerina’, said producer Basil Iwanyk. “He has been an integral part of the franchise since the original John Wick. It’s great to have him on this journey as the Wick universe expands.”
There’s no word on Reeves – but then, his presence is probably something the producers have been trying to keep secret for longer. And the studio hasn’t revealed who else is in the cast, but with the cameras now rolling, stay tuned for more details soon.
‘The Continental’, which focuses on Winston’s younger iterations, will also air in 2023 via Peacock. The show featured Mel Gibson, Colin Woodell, Nhung Kate and Katie McGrath in the ensemble.
The fourth ‘Wick’ film, meanwhile, finds Reeves in familiar territory. “John Wick faces his deadliest foe in the forthcoming fourth in the series,” reads the official logline for the next film. “With the price on his head rising, Wick battles the global High Table as he searches for the most powerful players in the underworld, from New York to Paris to Osaka to Berlin.”
‘John Wick: Chapter 4’ will hit theaters on March 24 next year. ‘Ballerina’ has yet to confirm a release date.
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