'John Wick 4': Trailer, release date, cast, filming details, and everything we know so far
Yes, for the fourth time, we think he's back.
When Keanu Reeves made his action debut in 2014 with John Wick, no one knew it would be a franchise, but we did know we wanted more. Fast-forward seven years, and Reeves' super-assassin is leading an entire franchise with three films, one of which effectively establishes a mythology around an underground league of killers with its own rules, customs, and guidelines. . Just days after the release of the third installment, John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum, Lionsgate announced the release of a fourth film, with Reeves reprising his lead role as ace stuntman-turned-filmmaker Chad Stahelski returns to direct and Mike Fincher (Predator) takes over script duties. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic pushing back the release date by a year, we're now approaching the debut of John Wick: Chapter 4 and, as they say, the hype is real.
Below, you'll find everything you need to know about John Wick: Chapter 4, from release dates to current filming locations to all the new cast members and more.
Editor's note: This article was updated on January 2, 2023 to include the latest clips.
Watch the John Wick: Chapter 4 Trailer
John's first trailer Wick: Chapter 4 was revealed at San Diego Comic-Con's Collider directors' panel featuring Chad Stahelski, Tim Miller, and Andrew Stanton. Along with the new footage, we've also seen a new poster for the film, featuring Keanu Reeves front and center with a nunchuck.
John Wick: Chapter 4 full-length trailer released on 10 November 2022. The trailer, set to a slowed down version of Terry Jax's "Sunshine Seasons," gives us our best look at the film's style of violence, impressive ensemble, and John Wick Where will the quest for revenge take him. A harrowingly brief trailer was also released on December 19, 2022, offering a glimpse at Bill Skarsgard's possible antagonist. Check it out below:
He's ready to get out. #JohnWick4 - 03/24 pic.twitter.com/mqxHHeY7QY— John Wick: Chapter 4 (@JohnWickMovie) December 19, 2022
When Is the John Wick: Chapter 4 Release Date?
John Wick: Chapter 4 was originally scheduled for May 21, 2021, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic and Reeves' scheduling conflict with The Matrix: Resurrection, the premiere date has been pushed back Go back in time to May 27, 2022, one year later. It has since been pushed back to March 24, 2023.
Who's In the John Wick: Chapter 4 Cast?
In addition to Reeves' return as the titular killer, Stahelski also confirmed that Ian McShane will return for his fourth John Wick film. "It is with great pleasure that Ian McShane returns to John Wick: Chapter 4," the director said in a statement at the time. "Not only was he a terrific actor, he was also an integral collaborator who helped define the world of John Wick."
Other familiar faces confirmed for the fourth entry are Lance Reddick and Laurence Fish Byrne. John Wick: Chapter 4 also quickly established an absolutely stacked new cast, including Donnie Yen (Ip Man), Scott Adkins (Ninja: Shadow of Tears) and Mark Zarrow (Machete Kills), and Horror's scariest villainous clown Bill Skarsgård (It), scene-stealing Japanese actor Hiroyuki Sanada (Mortal Kombat), Wynonna Earp favorite Shamier Anderson, Japanese-English singer-songwriter Rina Sawayama's film debut, and damn Kurgan himself, Clancy Brown.
In a chat with Collider, Yen specifically highlights his time on the set of John Wick: Chapter 4:
"I have to take this opportunity [to show] my utmost appreciation for both Chad and Keanu. They’re lovely men. They're just gentleman, they've got big hearts. Keanu has a wonderful soul. Chad, also, a very good man. Very knowledgeable. People think he’s just a brilliant action guy, he’s not. He understands film. He’s a film librarian. He knows what’s going on. I’m just having the best time working with them than any of my previous Hollywood movies...[Reeves] is just great. He’s more than I expected. The guy does everything himself. He put in the hours, he put in the work. He can do it. He’s no joke."
Skarsgård also notes how he came into the franchise as a fan of the action genre and eventually joined Stahelski Immediate film:
"I think the movies are very entertaining. I've always been a fan of these kinds of over-the-top, exploitive action movies...Chad [Stahelski] reached out to me and I met him a few times, and I really liked him. It was a really fun role. I'm not gonna go into detail [about] what it is, but it was a fun role and a fun world. I like the movies. I think they're entertaining and it is something that I haven't really done before. That's always something that does inspire me, for whatever it is. It's like, 'Okay, this is a project or genre or something that I haven't done, so let's try it out and let's have fun within those genre constraints.' So, I'm really looking forward to it."
Stahelski also reveals The characters of Yen and Sanada will battle it out on screen in the sequel:
“He [Sanada] has a moment with Donnie Yen. Yes, he does. I mean, when you have Hiroyuki Sanada and Donnie Yen going at it, it's always fun. When you have guys that come from the action genre world, and they both love to act, it's funny, they all have that similar thread. They just don't want to tread on, they don't want to be trope-y. They want to try something new. They're very brave. It's not falling back into the same, ‘Let's just do the style I'm good at.’ Hiroyuki is used to the Japanese way of doing things, very precise. And you have Donnie that's really the epitome of Hong Kong action of, ‘Let's just be great and make it up on the day of, and get the energy.’ So to put them together and to find a little organic mix was really fun.”
When and Where Is John Wick: Chapter 4 Filming?
Back in June 2021, a text sent to subscribers confirming that John Wick: Chapter 4 has started rolling cameras. "It begins. Consider this a professional courtesy. John Wick: Chapter 4 is now in production," the text reads. Shamier Anderson confirmed the start of production later that day with an image from the set.
Collider has EXCLUSIVELY learned that John Wick: Chapter 4 production will take place primarily in New York City, with filming primarily taking place in Berlin and Paris, followed by additional filming in Japan and New York. Additionally, Lionsgate had planned to shoot John Wick 4 and John Wick 5 back-to-back, but that was put on hold due to the pandemic, and only John Wick 4 will be in theaters by late summer, we've been told. . Filming ends November 2021.
An interesting tidbit Stahelski revealed to Collider was that an action sequence was filmed inside the Louvre Museum in France: a damn suit, roughly 10,000 ways to kill you. McShane is reprising his role as New York's Continental Hotel owner Winston, who we last saw betrayed John Wick's chest with a single bullet. Stahelski noted that he still thinks Winston's intentions are open to interpretation. "He was going to shoot him," the director told The Hollywood Reporter. "Did he try to kill him? That's open to interpretation, you can choose one of two ways, and that's where we find some unsolved mysteries in John Wick 4."
"I would say the greatest word would be tricky, very tricky. Obviously, we do what we can where we're at, and then we try to movie-magic our way through some of the trickier stuff. But we had an amazing location diversity on the scout from Sacré Coeur, to Arc de Triomphe, to the Louvre, to the Eiffel Tower, to some amazing places throughout. I mean we were in Aqaba, Jordan for our opening sequence. Paris, Berlin, Tokyo, Osaka. We got around on this one. So hopefully, we brought all that great imagery to screen.”
Who Are the Confirmed Characters in John Wick: Chapter 4?
Lance Reddick will return as Continental Charon, the steely concierge of the hotel, and Fishburne will once again play The Bowery King, the leader of the underground assassins. Speaking with Collider, Skarsgard stated that his character doesn't require combat training, but "is a little bit different."
In an interview with Collider, Stahelski also revealed some interesting information about the character of Skarsgård, a villain known as the Marquis:
Shamier Anderson, on the other hand, has posted a lot of behind-the-scenes footage of his intensive gun training, suggesting that whatever he Whoever the character is, he will fight side by side with Vic. Marko Zaror, a stuntman and martial artist as well as an actor, He will reportedly be one of John Wick's "main antagonists" in the film.
His character's name, his broad name, is The Marquis. The Marquis is, without giving too much away, I wouldn't really say the antagonist, but he's the one in charge of cleaning up all the messes from the first three movies.
While there is no official synopsis for John Wick: Chapter 4 yet, there is plenty of information on what we can expect. The movie will pick up after the explosive finale of John Wick 3, in which John was completely separated from the order of assassins known as The High Table. The syndicate's leadership thought John was dead - thanks to Winston shooting him off the roof of the building - but he actually found himself wounded and in the care of the Bowery King. Speaking with Collider, Fishburne revealed that the upcoming film, like everything before it, will strive to dig deeper into the myths and legends of this world.
What Is the John Wick: Chapter 4 Plot?
In a recent interview with IndieWire, Stahelski was pretty adamant that no matter where John Wick: Chapter 4 goes, it won't have a happy ending.
"I read the script. It's really, really cool. As much as it's the same world as the other three films, it's just deeper. It's much deeper in terms of the code of the assassin and the relationship that he has with one character in particular...is really the heart and soul of it."
Stahelski also stated that the fourth installment in the series will be the longest, at least around 2.5 hours:
“John may survive all this shit, but at the end of it, there’s no happy ending. He’s got nowhere to go. Honestly, I challenge you right now, here’s a question to you: How do you fucking want me to end it? Do you think he’s going to ride off into the fucking sunset? He’s killed 300 fucking 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 fucking guy, if this guy really exist[ed], how is this guy’s day going to end? He’s fucked for the rest of his life. It’s just a matter of time.”
It's in that zone. I think, I'm different. The definition of runtime is that first logo to that last credit. You know what I mean? So the movie itself, I know what it runs at. I don't know the full runtime because I don't know the credit scroll, and all the other stuff that's going in. So you'd have to add on that. But it's in the zone of, yeah, it's over the 2-hour mark, but it's under a lot of the other big marks.