It’s hard to think of a modern day action franchise that’s been as financially and critically successful as John Wick has been. Not only did it give Keanu Reeves the best film role he’s had in decades, but it was an interesting and intriguing character drama set in a world unlike any other that had been explored before. Combining that with the stylish nature of the cinematography and the action sequences, strong performances from Reeves and several of his supporting cast members, and audiences left the first John Wick hooked, begging for more.
Tomorrow they’re getting just that too when John Wick: Chapter Two finally hits theaters. Taking place five days after the events of the first film with John and his new hound trying to get their lives back on track, the sequel follows John as he’s roped into yet another mission for a mob boss, traveling to Rome for a mayhem-fueled deep dive into the assassin underworld.
Coming along for the ride this time is Laurence Fishburne as The Bowery King, reuniting the actor with Reeves for the first time since The Matrix films. And Chapter Two director Chad Stahelski seems eager to keep Fishburne a constant presence in the franchise, saying that he’d love for the actor to come back for a third film if there is one, during his recent interview with Screen Rant:
“If all the stars aligned I would love to have his character back. I think his character – in my head – plays a very integral role in the third film.”
Like many of the other powerful figures in the John Wick world – including Ian McShane’s hotel owner, Winston – The Bowery King is the kind of mysterious, fun character that Fishburne rarely gets the chance to play. It only makes sense then that Stahelski, who worked with both he and Reeves as a stunt double on The Matrix, would be the filmmaker to give him a chance to flex that muscle a little bit onscreen, something he’s clearly relishing every second of. With Fishburne, Common, Ruby Rose, and more, John Wick: Chapter Two managed to assemble an impressive lineup of both new and familiar characters for itself.
Judging by the film’s early reviews – Chapter Two appears to have maintained the very same style and substance of its predecessor, with many already calling it one of the best action movie sequels of all time. Since both Stahelski and original screenwriter Derek Kolstad returned for the sequel, that’s not necessarily surprising, but should come as a comfort to fans looking forward to checking the sequel out this weekend. Just in case the opportunity to see Reeves and Fishburne reunite in another well-done action film wasn’t already enough to warrant the price of admission.