A spin-off of one of the most popular action/thrillers, John Wick, is set to go into production in the coming week and will star the Knives Out actress Ana de Armas.
The film’s franchise has already been booming with the announcement of The Continental, a prequel series to John Wick divided into three parts and ready to stream on Amazon Prime even outside of the US. And now Jon Feltheimer, the CEO of Lionsgate, gave fans yet another reason to be filled with relish after declaring that Ballerina‘s filming will be starting right away from the next week.
Chad Stahelski’s John Wick along with its two sequels starring Keanu Reeves was a major success worldwide with the third installation, John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum bagging the title of the highest-grossing film of the franchise. And the upcoming spin-off is going to be following a story based on a major chunk of the third part of the film.
Ana de Armas will be the lead star in Ballerina
Ana de Armas is all set to play the lead role in the upcoming John Wick spin-off, Ballerina.
She has been featured in some of the most popular action films, including Dennis Villeneuve’s Blade Runner 249, the 2021 James Bond movie, No Time to Die, and The Gray Man which is led by the Russo brothers, to name a few.
The 34-year-old kickstarted her career in the film industry by working in a Cuban-Spanish romantic drama in 2006 and has now become a renowned actress in Hollywood. She most recently starred as Norma Jeane in Andrew Dominick’s Blonde which portrayed a fictionalized version of the famous American actress, Marilyn Monroe.
De Armas is also known for partaking in thriller films like the 2020 movie, The Night Clerk wherein she worked alongside Tye Sheridan, and the Daniel Craig-led mystery/crime film, Knives Out. So with such a plethora of movies from the genre of action and thriller contributing to her experience, there’s no doubt that De Armas will do justice to her role in Ballerina.
All there is to know about the John Wick spin-off, Ballerina
With the Total Recall filmmaker, Lens Wiseman set to direct the spin-off and Ana de Armas playing the lead role, Ballerina is going to focus on the young assassin that appears in John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, whose training takes place at a ballet school. And the spin-off will narrate an enticing and thrilling story about vendetta as De Armas’ character sets out to seek revenge against the culprits who were behind her family’s killing.
While Wiseman will direct the movie, American screenwriter Shay Hatten, who is often widely recognized for his work on John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum as well as Army of the Dead, will be writing the script. And as the Deep Water star herself revealed in one of her interviews, the Academy Award-winning English actress and filmmaker, Emerald Fennell has bestowed the script with some final touches.
Besides that, no other information with regard to the film’s remaining cast or the release date has been divulged yet.