Keanu Reeves is headlining the followup in his second turn playing the formally-retired professional killer John Wick (a.k.a. “Baba Yaga”). Meanwhile, the John Wick 2 supporting cast will likewise include several players – Ian McShane, John Leguizamo, and Lance Riddick among them – who populated the first installment’s underworld of crime bosses, assassins for hire, and the people who offer them shelter and/or assistance, as needed.
Leaked set photos of the John Wick 2 supporting cast, which also include new additions like Common and Ruby Rose, have yet to make their way online. However, if you’re eagerly anticipating seeing more of Reeves taking out a variety of thugs and cronies with near-surgical precision, then we have provide some fresh images to help tide you over.
Twitter user “priscilla page” posted the following collection of John Wick 2 set photos online, showing Reeves working on what will no doubt be one of multiple close-quarter combat sequences featured as part of the action/thriller sequel. Check them out, below:
this is the only thing I care about pic.twitter.com/qxH3hsdnZ1— priscilla page (@BBW_BFF) November 19, 2015
Even in this rough form, it appears as though the scene – and John Wick 2 in general – will carry over some key visual elements (the nighttime atmosphere and use of green/violet light) from the first John Wick installment. John Wick 2 is being directed by Chad Stahelski, who co-helmed the first movie with David Leitch; the latter is producing the sequel only (as he’s busy with pre-production on the Cold War spy thriller The Coldest City), but it is to be expected that Stahelski will maintain the general aesthetic continuity between the John Wick movies, regardless.
It’s not clear exactly who the hired hands who are shown getting beaten up by Reeves here work for in John Wick 2, though it’s been reported that the sequel – written by John Wick scribe Derek Kolstad – pits Wick against a female crime lord (Rose’s character?) and her head of security (Common). The John Wick 2 production is also reportedly going to move to Rome in early 2016, so it appear the film might well up its scale in comparison to John’s personal quest for payback in the first installment. Could John wind up taking on an entire international crime syndicate, this time around?
Stahelski and Leitch have promised in the past that they’re not prioritizing bigger action and stakes over story/character development with their approach to John Wick 2, so for now we’ll give them the benefit of the doubt on the project – whatever it ends up being about. Perhaps the bigger question is whether or not John Wick 2 can buck the trend of most action sequels and offer a deeper exploration of its unique setting, without rehashing the first movie’s plot beats in the process (a la the Taken series, as just one example).
John Wick 2 does not currently have an official release date; we’ll let you know when that changes.