John Wick 4 Updates: Scott Adkins, who starred in Doctor Strange, is in discussions to join Keanu Reeves in John Wick: Chapter 4. Details regarding his role were not revealed, according to Deadline. If the agreement goes through, he’ll join Hiroyuki Sanada, Donnie Yen, Shamier Anderson, and Rina Sawayama.
Laurence Fishburne will make his return from the previous versions of the John Wick franchise, while Bill Skarsgard is reportedly in discussions to join the picture. Due to the pandemic, the film’s initial launch date of May 21, 2021, was moved back to May 27, 2022.
John Wick: Chapter 1 was created by Chad Stahelski and featured Keanu Reeves as an ex-assassin who chases down the guys who stormed into his home and killed his puppy, his late wife’s last present. Despite its basic narrative, the film’s fight scenes and Reeves’ performance earned great acclaim.
On a $20 million budget, it made $86 million in the end. Following the unexpected success of the first film, John Wick: Chapter 2 and John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum was released. Both films were critically acclaimed and financially successful. On a $40 million budget, Chapter 2 made $171.5 million, while Parabellum made $326.7 million on a $75 million budget.
Will We See Scott Adkins in John Wick 4?Deadline
John Wick: Chapter 4 was confirmed in May 2019 and would be launched on May 21, 2021. However, owing to the ongoing pandemic, it has been postponed until May 27, 2022. While it was scheduled to be shot concurrently with John Wick: Chapter 5, Lionsgate decided to postpone production of John Wick 5 and focus only on John Wick: Chapter 4.
Adkins began his career in direct-to-video films like the Undisputed trilogy and El Gringo before going on to star in high-profile films such as American Assassin, The Expendables 2, The Bourne Ultimatum, Doctor Strange, and X-Men Origins: Wolverine. He’s presently starring alongside Jamie Foxx, Meagan Good, and Dave Franco in the Netflix comedy film Day Shift.
Beyond the core blockbuster, Lionsgate has big ambitions for John Wick. The Continental, a prequel series being developed by the studio, will chronicle the beginnings of the hotel business that provides shelter and safe haven for individuals involved in the criminal underground. Len Wiseman’s female-centric spinoff film, Ballerina, is also in pre-production.
Being cast in John Wick 4 may easily lead to additional employment, depending on whether Adkins’ role lives a confrontation with Wick.