Fans got suitably excited when they learned about plans for a sequel to 2014's neo-noir revenge tale John Wick. The Keanu Reeves flick was filled with incredible stunts, impressive thrills and tons of style, making it a highlight for action fans. And it sounds like we'll get more of the same from the sequel.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, actor Ian McShane gave fans a taste at what to expect from the action sequel, revealing how the upcoming movie ties to the original.
Fans will recall that in the first film McShane played Winston, the enigmatic owner of the Continental — a hotel catering exclusively to assassins and that doesn't allow killing on its premises. But fans will also remember that John Wick did a lot of killing in the movie, which leaves Winston as one of the only characters able to return. Thankfully, he'll be joined by some fresh blood:
"Well, I’m kind of the only one left from the first one. This is same kind of premise. It’s not like two years later, but pretty soon after the first one. Keanu [Reeves] is a great guy. They got this terrific Italian kid, Riccardo Scamarcio, who plays the chief villain, who’s excellent, and we have a lot of stuff together."
According to McShane, the sequel will also serve as a direct follow-up to the first, further exploring the film's world of assassins:
"Keanu gets a new dog. But yes, it’s about what comes on him after that. It’s all about the assassin’s code, if you like. He’s killed a Russian gangster and now there’s a contract out on him, so it’s a continuation. I loved the first one. This could be even better than the first."
McShane also has nothing but praise for director Chad Stahelski, who's returning to helm the sequel:
"And the guy who directs it, Chad Stahelski, is really smart. He’s been Keanu’s stunt guy for [nearly] 20 years and he’s studied muay-thai. He’s got every stunt man who’s available for [this film]. The action looks like it was done by somebody out of Hong Kong instead of Hollywood which I always think is a great sight."
Based on McShane's comments, John Wick: Chapter Two is shaping up to be more of the same, and that's not a bad thing. Assuming Stahelski and his team can recapture the original film's magic while coming up with more inventive action, Chapter Two is sure to be a success. And with McShane in tow, we eagerly await another trip to the Continental.
John Wick: Chapter Two is set to hit theaters on February 10, 2017. What do you want to see from the action-packed sequel? Let us know in the comments.
[Source: Entertainment Weekly]