Just when you thought the John Wick movies couldn't get any more exciting, the producers go and do something brilliant like cast martial arts legend Donnie Yen in John Wick Chapter 4. While best known for the IP Man films, Star Wars: Rogue One, and the recent Mulan remake, Yen is a bonafide action superstar and one of the greatest martial artists working in cinema today.
According to Deadline, Yen will play a fellow assassin and former friend of Wick', and given the ending of Chapter 3, John needs all the friends he can find. Production on the highly-anticipated sequel is due to start this month, with franchise director Chad Stahelski once again taking the helm. At this point, logic, plausibility, or even that this occurs in our reality don't matter; the John Wick movies are a treat and have revitalised the action genre by going the extra mile with the fight scenes. A practical approach combined with Stahelski's stunt experience and Reeves' commitment to the choreography equals one iconic franchise.
When we last saw John, he was looking a bit worse for wear after being shot and falling from the roof of The Continental. Thankfully his old chum, the Bowery King (Laurence Fishburne), was able to save him; well, he had one of his people scoop him up in a shopping cart. Seemingly set on bringing down The High Table, Wick and the Bowery King plot their revenge. Will Yen's as-yet-unnamed character help them in doing the impossible? We'll have to wait until the movie arrives (or a trailer) to find out.
Lionsgate has already given John Wick 5 the green light, which will go into production sometime next year for a 2023 release. Also starring Rina Sawayama, Shamier Anderson and Bill Skarsgård, John Wick Chapter 4 will be released in cinemas on May 27, 2022. Meanwhile, John Wick director Chad Stahlski is finally moving forward with his long-mooted reboot of the Highlander franchise. The long-dormant project recently took a big step in the right direction by casting Henry Cavill in the lead role. So, those deadly skills with a sword he acquired making The Witcher are going to come in handy in Highlander.