He’s back! Keanu Reeves will reprise his role as John Wick in the upcoming spin-off movie Ballerina starring Ana de Armas
Keanu Reeves appears to have redoubled his commitment to the John Wick franchise by agreeing to appear in an upcoming spin-off movie.
The 58-year-old actor, who stars as the title killer in the gory action series, will reprise his role as John Wick in the related movie Ballerina, Collider reported on Tuesday.
The film will be headed by Blonde star and Bond girl Ana de Armas, but it’s not clear how prominent Reeves’ role will be in her film.
‘I think I’m back!’: Keanu Reeves returns to reprise his role as John Wick in the series spin-off film Ballerina, Collider reported Tuesday; seen in Toronto in December 2021
According to the publication, Reeves is currently in the Czech Republic filming his role in Prague.
Ballerina, directed by Len Wiseman and written by Shay Hatten, is currently shooting in the European city.
The Matrix star has already completed filming for a fourth film in the John Wick main series, which is again directed by Chad Stahelski and written by Hatten and Michael Finch.
The film was supposed to be released in 2021, but filming was significantly delayed due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Hard at work: Reeves is currently in Prague filming Ballerina, although it’s unclear if he’ll have a lot of screen time, or if it’s just a cameo role
Coming soon: The Matrix star has already completed a fourth John Wick film, which will be released on March 24, 2023
John Wick 4 will be released on March 24, 2023, and there are currently plans to produce at least a fifth film in the series.
Reeves plays Wick, a hit man who retires after Russian mobsters argue with him and kill his puppy, which was a gift from his now-deceased wife.
But after returning to the life of a hitman, John is drawn further into a secret society of hitmen in subsequent sequels.
Few plot details have been released about the Ballerina spin-off, and it’s not clear if Reeves will play a major role, or if he’ll only return for a brief cameo.
Leading lady: Ballerina is led by Ana de Armas, who is fresh off the praise she received for the otherwise polarizing film Blonde, which presents a fictional portrait of Marilyn Monroe; seen on September 13 in Hollywood
It was previously announced that Ian McShane, who plays Winston, the manager of the hit man-friendly hotel The Continental, would be reprising his role in Ballerina, although it is also unknown how prominent he will be in the film.
The character will be expanded in another John Wick property, the spin-off prequel series The Continental, which will focus on Winston’s early years running the hotel for hitmen.
Ana de Armas has already proven her ability to make an action movie with her supporting role in last year’s James Bond film No Time To Die, which served as the swan song for star Daniel Craig.
The actress recently received critical acclaim for her portrayal of Marilyn Monroe in the controversial film Blonde, based on Joyce Carol Oates’s fictional work of the same name, though the film itself polarized critics.
The more the merrier: Ian McShane also returns to Ballerina as Winston, the manager of the hitman-friendly hotel The Continental. His character is also getting a prequel series named after The Continental; seen in John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum