Keanu Reeves, Chad Stahelski, and David Leitch changed the world in 2014 when John Wick came out. The movie instantly changed the meaning of action movies with its high-end products. Of course, it’s not every day that we doubt Reeves’ acting abilities. But he turned it up a notch with the John Wick franchise. With worldwide success, it was always obvious that the franchise won’t stop just after 3 installments. Speaking on the same note, John Wick 4 is happening as you read and the assassin is coming back. So, here’s everything we know about John Wick: Chapter 4.
Who All Are Returning For John Wick 4?
Keanu Reeves has his plate full at the moment. With projects like Cyberpunk 2077, and creating his upcoming comic book BRZRKR, the actor is totally booked. Moreover, John Wick: Chapter 4 had to be delayed due to Reeves and Stahelski’s prior commitment towards The Matrix 4. On that note, Stahelski is still on board as the director.
It’s also likely that Ian McShane’s character will play a big role in the upcoming movie. Fans could finally why Winstone betrayed John Wick, or if he ever betrayed him at all. However, the upcoming spinoff The Continental will focus on a younger version of the character. But this month, the actor has officially closed the deal and will indeed be returning for the movie.
Possible Plot & Other Characters
The official synopsis is obviously under the wraps right now. But there’s a possible plot that is the most expected way for the creators to go. Previously, we saw that McShane’s Winstone shot Wick multiple times. He fell off the roof of The Continental Hotel, surviving the fall and the shots (bulletproof vest). He is then saved and taken to The Bowery King played by Laurence Fishburne. Wick is obviously pissed. So, the two can team up and go against The Higher Table resulting in a massive war.
One major addition to the cast is Donnie Yen. The actor is popular for the Ip Man movies and is ready to bring the intensity on screen. He is to play an old friend of Wick, with the same backstory, and even the same enemies. When it comes to action, Yen is more than thorough with it. Stahelski commented on working with Yen, saying: “We are very lucky to have Donnie Yen join the franchise, I am looking forward to working with him in this exciting new role.”
Apart from Yen, Japanese-British Pop singer Rina Sawayama will also be in the film making her feature debut. Last month, Hiroyuki Sanada was cast as “Mr. Watanabe”. Other martial artists have also joined the boat, namely Scott Adkins, Marko Zaror, and Hollywood veteran Clancy Brown. Moreover, a rumor suggests that Swedish actor Bill Skarsgård will also join the cast. Wynonna Earp and Netflix’s Stowaway star Shamier Anderson are there too in undisclosed roles.
Shooting & Release
The movie has finished the casting calls and started shooting in June. Director Stahelski previously shared that the locations will play a vital role in the film. As of now, Chapter 4 has been shooting majorly in France and Germany. But some additional footage will also be shot in Japan and New York City. The good news is that France has lifted its compulsory quarantine for the U.S. citizens to advisory, providing relief to the entire film industry.
It was previously reported that John Wick 4 and 5 will shoot back-to-back. However, that is not the case anymore. John Wick: Chapter 4 will release n theaters worldwide on May 27, 2022. So practically, we’re less than a year from seeing the assassin in action. The film is definitely high-budgeted and includes Basil Iwanyk and Erica Lee as the producers. On the other hand, Keanu Reeves and Louise Rosner are the executive producers.