The first look at the John Wick prequel series is here, but don’t expect to see its biggest star.
Below is the teaser trailer for it The ContinentalPeacock’s three-part limited series set approximately 40 years before the events of the Wick feature film saga that focuses on events surrounding a hotel for hitmen in New York City.
The project’s most billed actor is Mel Gibson, who plays a character named Cormac, but the controversial Oscar winner is missing from the footage:
The show – fully titled The Continental: From the World of John Wick — stars Colin Woodell (The robbery) as Winston Scott. He is the young version of the owner of the Continental Hotel, played by Ian McShane in the Keanu Reeves movies.
for Gibson, The Continental is his first TV series work since his recurring role in the short-lived 2004 ABC comedy Complete savages. His raid The Continental caused a backlash on social media when it was announced due to the actor-director’s history of anti-Semitic comments. His omission from the trailer is a bit glaring, as Gibson is the most well-known member of the ensemble cast.
Here’s the official description: “The three-part event explores the origins behind the iconic hotel-for-killers centerpiece of the John Wick universe through the eyes and actions of a young Winston Scott, as he is swept into the hellscape of 1970s New York City to face a past he thought he had left behind. Winston charts a deadly course through the mysterious underworld of the hotel in a harrowing attempt to conquer the hotel where he will eventually take his future throne.”
Peacock also announced that the event will premiere in September 2023.
The Lionsgate project has come a long way to the screen, having first entered development in 2018. The limited series is written and executive produced by Greg Coolidge, Kirk Ward and Shawn Simmons (Wayne), with Albert Hughes (Menace II society) directing episodes one and three and Charlotte Brandstrom (The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power) at the helm of episode two.
The series also stars Mishel Prada (KD), Ben Robson (Frankie), Hubert Point-Du Jour (Miles), Nhung Kate (Yen), Jessica Allain (Lou), Ayomide Adegun (Charon), Jeremy Bobb (Mayhew) and Peter Greene (Uncle Charlie).