After four years and a few setbacks on the release date, Keanu Reeves is back as Mr. Wick in ‘John Wick: Chapter 4,’ the ‘most intense’ installment yet.
In the John Wick: Chapter 4 stunt breakdown for IGN Fan Fest, Reeves revealed, “There’s all of that John Wick swag—cars, weapons, jujitsu. But with Chapter 4, we took it to another level. It’s been about 12 weeks of training. You see the effort and the commitment from the [stunt] team.”
Also making their comeback in the film are the muscle cars.
“We took the car-driving to the next level, which I really enjoy,” Reeves told Total Film. “There’s 180s, forward-into-reverse 180s, reverse-into-forward 270s drifting. It was really fun to get a chance to learn those skills, and to play.”
The actor continued saying it wasn’t all fun and games, sharing that the film was the “hardest physical role” of his career so far. “They really trained me up to be able to have what we call the toolbox,” he added.
Here is everything you need to know about John Wick: Chapter 4:
In the fourth chapter of the action-packed franchise, John Wick “uncovers a path to defeating the High Table.” The main character must travel the globe and overcome every challenge posed by The Table’s new leader – the Marquis de Garmont, portrayed by Bill Skarsgard – to secure his freedom.
In November 2022, the official trailer for John Wick: Chapter 4 was released. The two-minute and 29-second clip opens with a conversation between John Wick and his old friend, Caine.
“You’re going to die,” Caine says. To which Wick responded, “Maybe not.”
The trailer reveals a new villain, the Marquis de Garmont, who states his plans to completely reboot the High Table’s pecking order. “A new day is dawning. New ideas. New rules. New management,” he says.
The trailer ends with the Marquis making Wick a big promise. “If you win, The Table will honor its word. You will have your freedom,” he says.
Before the release of the official trailer, fans were also teased with a short teaser during the San Diego Comic-Con in July 2022.
Keanu Reeves is reprising his role as John Wick. He will be joined by a few familiar faces like Lawrence Fishburne playing The Bowery King who has recovered from his ‘seven cuts’ in ‘John Wick: Chapter 3’ and plays an important role in helping Wick secure his freedom.
Returning in the movie are two members of the New York Continental staff: Lance Reddick who plays Charon and Winston played by Ian McShane.
Also joining this franchise is Bill Skarsgard. The actor plays the leading role in the film as the Marquis de Gramon. Donnie Yen is also joining the cast and will be playing Wick’s longtime friend, Caine. He is joined by Hiroyuki Sanada as Shimazu.
Harry Potter’s Natalia Tena will be playing Katia. Meanwhile, on-the-rise actor Shamier Anderson plays the Tracker.
The film will premiere in theaters March 24, 2023. Stahelski and Reeves discussed with WIRED why they wanted to give John Wick: Chapter 4 a theatrical release.
“Maybe it’s our generation, but I like seeing a movie in the cinema, even if it’s meant for streaming eventually. It’s such a different experience,” the director said.
Reeves adds, “I think the power of cinema – part of it is its novelty, but also its scale. You see a close-up of a wonderful performance with emotions and storytelling that touch you. Whether it’s horror or action or comedy, you are seeing a face that’s, you know, 20 feet tall. Yeah. You’re, like, there. The intimacy of that.”
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