John Wick was one of the break out, cult hits of 2014, and featured not only a return-to-form for Keanu Reeves as an action star, but was one of the most refreshing and rich action films to come out in the past few years. Featuring a simple premise and motivation, audiences got to watch as John got revenge for the unjust murder of his dog, and worked his way back into the life he’d previously left behind.
The world created onscreen was rich and intriguing though, with the story and history involving the Continental in particular being one of the most mysterious aspects of the film. The script not only did an outstanding job at establishing the character’s past accomplishments throughout the entire underground society though, but also managed to give the world itself a life and tone of its own. To put it simply, we wish more action films were as ambitious and precise as John Wick.
While not much is known about the sequel, Reeves did hint at some interesting plot details and character development a few weeks ago, and it sounds like John Wick 2 might deal more with the character’s crisis of identity following his return to brutality in the first. It looks like we finally know who’ll be pushing John’s buttons this time too, as THR is reporting that actor and musician Common has officially been cast as the sequel’s lead villain this time around. While most plot details are still being kept under wraps, the report states that Common will play a head of security for an unknown, female crime lord.
Aside from his musical accomplishments, Common has been establishing himself as a pretty versatile and solid actor over the past few years too, with some of his most notable films including Selma and the upcoming Suicide Squad film for DC.
In addition to this awesome casting THR has also confirmed that Ian McShane will be returning for the sequel as Winston, the owner of the previously mentioned hotel Continental (which will also be returning), which provides a safe heaven for hit men featuring on-call doctors, a strong secrecy policy, and a no-killing rule. Which fans saw him unmercifully enforce in the first film. Considering how popular Winston was too, as well as the incredible world building and aesthetic that the Continental provided – this should come as welcome news for fans.
With Chad Stahelski set to direct and this cast so far, it sounds like John Wick 2 has the potential to be a legitimately successful and quality follow-up to a solid first installment. It’ll be interesting to see how the Continental and Winston factor into the story once again, and how Common’s unknown antagonist causes trouble for John moving forward though, and I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.
John Wick 2 is set to hit theatres sometime in 2016.
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