John crosses paths with the Director of the High Table (Angelica Huston) in the latest image from John Wick: Chapter 3. The original John Wick came out in 2014 and went on to become a surprise cult hit, revitalizing Keanu Reeves' status as an action movie star in the process. Last year's John Wick: Chapter 2 was an even bigger success (both critically and commercially-speaking), and concluded with a cliffhanger ending that immediately set the stage for the story to come in Chapter 3.
John Wick 3, or Parabellum as Reeves has called it, will also follow in Chapter 2's footsteps and introduce several new players to the franchise. Among the fresh additions are Halle Berry's Sofia, a professional assassin who (as we learned last week) shares John's affinity for dogs and seemingly teams up with Mr. Wick at some point. Another key character has now been unveiled, in the form of Huston's Director.
Empire has released a first look image of Huston opposite Reeves in the third John Wick movie. John Wick franchise director Chad Stahelski previously described Huston's character as "someone who was responsible for [John's] upbringing and his protection". Reeves offered some additional insight to Empire, as part of their Ultimate 2019 Preview issue:
“We’re trying to make it that there are different tribes, less nondescript assassins. Anjelica Huston is playing this Roma Ruska character.”
The Oscar-winner Huston has worked more in television and/or animation than film of late, which makes her appearance in John Wick 3 all the more welcome. Previous John Wick movies have offered seasoned actors like Ian McShane and Laurence Fishburne the chance to shine in key supporting roles, and one imagines Stahelski and series writer Derek Kolstad aim to do the same for Huston here. It also sounds like The Director has important ties to John's past, much like McShane's Winston and Fishburne's Bowery King before her. There's still a whole lot audiences don't know about "Baba Yaga", so some additional insight from The Director will be welcome.
Much like Chapter 2, it seems John Wick 3 will include a whole lot of world-building and reveal more about how, exactly, the High Table and its members work. There are still several pieces to the puzzle of Chapter 3 that've yet to be unveiled, including Asia Kate Dillon (Orange is the New Black) as the mysterious Adjudicator and especially Jason Matzoukas (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) as an equally enigmatic player called the Tick Tock Man. Here's hoping first look images and details about these new additions arrive soon, ahead of the first John Wick: Chapter 3 trailer dropping sometime in the new year.
- John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) release date: May 17, 2019