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‘John Wick: Chapter 4’: What You Need To Know

Entering its fourth film, ‘John Wick’ is still a thrilling franchise among fans! Now that it’s been two years since the third movie in the series, fans are eagerly looking forward to latest film in the series and to see what the assassin has in store next!

TheJohn Wickmovies have become one of the most exciting film franchises in recent memory! Since the first movie debuted in 2014 withKeanu Reevestaking on the title role, fans have been captivated by the neo-noir-inspired action thrillers. The movie only got more popular with its first sequelJohn Wick: Chapter 2in 2017 and then the 2019 third filmJohn Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum. Now that it’s been two years since the last movie, fans are eager to see what the fiction hitman will do next!

While the next movie won’t hit theaters until 2022, it’s already sure to be a box office success.John Wick: Chapter 3earned an estimated $327 million at the box offices worldwide, via IMDb. That’s more than the first two films combined! The first only earned about $86 million, and the second earned over $171 million. Nonetheless fans are excited to see what Keanu and director Chad Stahelskihave in store next for the action franchise! LuckilyHollywoodLifehas all the details you need, while you wait forJohn Wick: Chapter 4to hit theaters.

‘John Wick: Chapter 4’ is expected to hit theaters in May 2022. (David Lee/Summit Entertainment/The Everett Collection)

Where ‘John Wick: Chapter 3’ Left Off

John Wickis the story of former the former assassin of the same name. In the first film, John had tried to put a life of crime behind him, especially following the death of his wife Helen (played by Bridget Moynahan). After a run in with Russian gangsters, he was attacked and dragged back into the lifestyle after his car was stolen and dog was killed. A Russian gang leader Viggo Tarasov (Michael Nyqvist) had put a price on John’s head, asking forMarcus’s (Willem Dafoe) help. John sought asylum at the criminal safe space the Continental Hotel in New York, but Viggo still attempted to break the code of not hurting people there and having John killed. Instead of taking Viggo’s offer, Marcus helps John, and he gets killed by the crime boss instead. When John and Viggo confront each other at the end of the movie, the Russian gangster stabs John, but the ex-hitman manages to get Viggo back, although he was shown to make peace with the crime boss at the start ofJohn Wick: Chapter 2.

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The movie’s second film saw Keanu reprising his role as John Wick, and it introduced many characters that have become staples to the movie’s franchise. The second film introducedLance Reddickas Charon, one of the Continental Hotel’s concierges,Laurence Fishburneas the crime lord: the Bowery King. The second movie focuses on John being confronted by Santino D’Antonio (Riccardo Scamarcio)who taps John to kill his sister Gianna (Claudia Gerini) so he can take his spot at the High Table — a criminal council. After John reluctantly completes the mission, Santino double-crosses him and puts a bounty on his head. John kills the newly-minted High Table member at the Continental Hotel and is blacklisted from the criminal world, and the film ends with an even higher bounty on his head.

The third film features John on the run and introduces him to another side of the criminal world. He’s helped by his friend Sofia (Halle Berry), who introduces him to Berrada (Jerome Flynn), after he asks to be brought to “The Elder” (Saïd Taghmaoui), who’s hirer than the High Table. The Elder demanded John kill Winston (Ian McShane) and his loyalty to the High Table. While John agreed, he refused to kill Winston when the time came to kill him. Winston offers his help to John, but quickly double crosses him when “The Adjudicator” offers him a chance to a return. Winston shoots John multiple times, but the hitman is rescued by the Bowery King who is planning a war with the the High Table at the end of the film.

Naturally Keanu Reeves will return to ‘John Wick: Chapter 4’ in his titular role. (Summit Entertainment/The Everett Collection)

What’s In Store For ‘John Wick: Chapter 4’

Given that the third film ended with John and the Bowery King preparing for war with the High Table, it’s safe to say that the fourth film will be an all out battle between John Wick and the criminal organization. While an official plot synopsis hasn’t been released, it’s sure to bean action-packed romp, as director Chad Stahelski noted in an interview withIndieWire.There were also scenes that appeared to be heists and wooded action scenes. Laurence Fishburne noted that the fourth film went “deeper in terms of the code of the assassin and the relationship that he has with one character in particular,” in an interview withCollider.Like previous installments, it’s likely that the fourth film will end on a cliffhanger. Chad mentioned that the possible places to take the franchise and story are endless in a 2019 interview withIndieWire. “John may survive all this s**t, but at the end of it, there’s no happy ending. He’s got nowhere to go,” he said. “How do you f**king want me to end it? Do you think he’s going to ride off into the f**king sunset? He’s killed 300 f**king people and he’s just going to [walk away], everything’s okay? He’s just going to fall in love with a love interest? If you’re this f**king guy, if this guy really exist[ed], how is this guy’s day going to end? He’s f**ked for the rest of his life. It’s just a matter of time.”

Fans will be able to find out what exactly John’s fate is or how doomed he might be when the film finally hits theaters. The movie is currently being filmed, according to Keanu’s IMDb page. After multiple delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic and conflicts shooting The Matrix: Resurrections,John Wick: Chapter 4 is expected to hit theaters on May 27, 2022, via IMDb. Keanu’s first glimpse at him suiting up behind the scenes was first shown in July 2021.

The ‘John Wick: Chapter 4’ Cast & Crew

Keanu will rejoin other familiar faces like Laurence Fishburne and Lance Reddick. (Summit Entertainment/The Everett Collection)

There will be plenty of familiar faces inJohn Wick: Chapter 4. Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Lance Reddick, and Ian McShane will all reprise their roles for the fourth film. While there will certainly be characters fans are familiar with, the movie’s IMDb page also listed new characters who will be making theirJohn Wickdebuts: Bill Skarsgårdas Marquis,Donnie Yenas Caine,Shamier Andersonas Tracker,Scott Adkinsas Killa,Hiroyuki Sanadaas Shimazu. While there’s not a lot known about the new characters, Bill explained that he thought the first three installments were “very entertaining” in an interview with Collider, and he said he hadn’t felt like he hadn’t done anything like it. Shamier also took to his Instagram to show some of the training he’d received for the movie, including a lot of firearms. John Wick 4will also featureClancy Brownin an undisclosed role. Director Chad Stahelski noted that he was excited in a statement toDeadline. ” have been a fan of Clancy Brown’s since I can remember. To have him be a part of this project is an honor. He will make a perfect addition to the World of John Wick,” he explained. Unfortunately, a few of the big name stars from the last movie don’t seem like they’ll return based off the IMDb cast list, such asHalle BerryandAnjelica Huston.

As previously mentioned, Chad Stahelski is returning to direct, as he had with the previous three movies! The screenplay was written byShay HattenandMichael Finch. Shay is a relatively fresh face to the series and Hollywood in general. He was one of the writers onJohn Wick 3, but he’s written a few other screenplays including 2021’sArmy of The Dead. Michael is a little more established. He made his debut in 2010 withPredators, and he’s written a handful of other films like 2018’sBlood Brotherand 2016’sCountdown.

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