The action genre has seen a lot of movies and TV shows come and go. While there were some which are still remembered to this day, like Die Hard, a lot of them were quite forgettable and repetitive. The John Wick franchise came as a breath of fresh air for everyone everywhere who loved seeing heroes put up a solid fight. With John Wick 4 releasing next year, fans can’t wait to see how Keanu Reeves pulls this off, again.
However, the franchise isn’t limited to these four movies. There is already a prequel series, titled The Continental, premiering next year on Prime Video. And now a feature film called Ballerina is set to carry the legacy forward. The Len Wiseman-directed film, starring Ana de Armas, has Keanu Reeves returning for a cameo, along with other familiar faces. Now, actor Norman Reedus is also jumping on the bandwagon!
Ballerina Welcomes Norman Reedus
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Among the many names that have been confirmed for the John Wick spin-off, Ballerina comes the name of the much-loved actor, Norman Reedus, popular for his role as Daryl Dixon in The Walking Dead. The upcoming Lionsgate project is produced by Erica Lee, Basil Iwanyk, and Chad Stahelski. Lee had something to say about Reedus joining the cast of the spin-off.
“We are huge fans of Norman , and we’re confident that the fans will be just as excited as we are that he’s joining the Wick universe. He’ll make an incredible addition to Ballerina.”
An incredible addition, for sure! After Keanu Reeves is officially confirmed to reprise his role as John Wick in Ballerina, Reedus coming along simply seems like icing on the cake, especially since both the actors are fan favorites to play the role of MCU’s Ghost Rider. As soon as the news went viral, fans couldn’t keep their excitement contained and they took to Twitter to express their excitement, calling Reedus’ involvement a huge win.
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— WESTO (@WESTO63576823) December 13, 2022
— Jacob Goldman (@jacobagoldman) December 13, 2022
PURE CINEMA pic.twitter.com/hdmVXi76G0
— Aidan (@MetalGearLMAO) December 13, 2022
now we just need norman as ghost rider in the mcu pic.twitter.com/jgEk8cJD1A
— katie 🕸 (@EDDIESBEDSTAIN) December 13, 2022
Ngl that's perked my already interested interest
— Ares(I'm literally God) (@_AresGG) December 13, 2022
Reedus being added to the cast of Ballerina has certainly upped the expectations of the fans from this spin-off film. All we have to do now is wait and see how this plays out on the screens. Given Reedus’ impressive skills, the movie already seems to be looking like a treat!
Everything we know about Ballerina
With the spin-off movie currently in production, there is no confirmed news about when it will be gracing the screens. Although, a 2023 release seems highly unlikely, given that both John Wick 4 and The Continental are releasing in the year. Maybe 2024, then?
There isn’t much known about the story of Ballerina, except that a young female assassin will be out for revenge, looking for the people who killed her family. During the 2022 Comic Con Experience, Reeves shared a little bit more about the upcoming project.
“[She is a] woman who has some very difficult circumstances and who is looking for revenge…Someone killed her father. Who could that be? And so it’s her journey for actually understanding her past. She lost her father at a young age, and she doesn’t really know what happened. Only that someone came into the house and killed her father, who had a tattoo. And as we know in John Wick, if you have a tattoo, something’s going on.”
Reeves also stated that Ballerina’s timeline falls somewhere between the third and fourth chapters of the franchise. Can’t wait to see how the franchise branches off with both Ballerina and The Continental!
John Wick: Chapter 4 is releasing in theatres on March 24, 2023, and The Continental will be available to stream on Prime Video sometime in the same year.