When John Wick burst onto the scene in 2014, few people know how to categorize the film. Had movie goers just spent 101 minutes watching a film about a man and his dog? The action packed film was not considered a blockbuster success, but it did pull in around $86M in the worldwide box office; which was enough to cover its $20M budget. The dark, hyper-violent thriller found its niche and for those who loved it, they quickly became rabid fans.
John Wick: Chapter 2 was announced back in May of 2015, and director Chad Stahelski has promised even more action. The thin plot of a legendary assassin who was feared by those who knew him appeared to be enough of a thread for a sequel. The first film pits Wick against seemingly impossible odds, yet he always finds a way to come out on the other side. Tightly choreographed gun-play was a signature in the first film and the new poster pretty much sets the tone in the same vein. If the training footage of Keanu working on weapons play is him warming up, the end product is sure to just as exciting, if not more-so, than what we saw in the first film.
Don’t be surprised if Lionsgate makes Keanu the face of another franchise. The official trailer for the sequel is expected to drop during New York Comic Con, but there is a teaser to hold fans over until then. Lionsgate has released the official international poster for John Wick: Chapter 2, and thankfully, fans will be getting more of the same: take a look.
The film’s official synopsis pulls Wick out of retirement once more in order to, not surprisingly, take down a guild of assassins. As mentioned in the first film by his former employer, who better to send to kill the Boogeyman than the Baba Yaga. Ian McShane (Winston), one of the few to have been spared by Wick’s wrath in the first film, has said that the sequel is more of a continuation of the original story with John facing the consequences of taking down the Russians.
Joining Reeves in the sequel will be former Matrix mentor Laurence Fishburne in the mysterious role of The Bowery King, Common (as a Crime Lord’s head of security), Ruby Rose, and Peter Stormare in as yet undefined roles. Returning will be Ian McShane to reprise his role as Winston (head of the Continental faction of assassins), Lance Reddick (hotel manager Charon, who in Greek mythology was the ferryman of the dead), and John Leguizamo is back as chop shop man, Aurelio.
John Wick: Chapter 2 hits theaters on February 10, 2017.