What is the John Wick 4 release date? Keep an eye on your pencils, John Wick: Chapter 4 is on its way as Keanu Reeves once again reprises his role as the not-so-retired hitman. Chad Stahelski, stuntman turned director, once again takes the reins driving the action movie series.
We’ve known about this fourth instalment since the opening week of John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, but we know so much more now that we can share with you. Whilst we’re sure John Wick will be back with more violence, showdowns, smouldering looks into the camera, and of course, guns, lots of guns, there’s still a lot of mystery around what we can expect.
So, we’ve put together everything we know so far about the John Wick 4 release date, plot, and the cast that will be lining up alongside one of the movie world’s most prolific assassins. Fans have been waiting a while since John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum came out in 2019, but we’ve thankfully received news of John’s return in the highly anticipated franchise.
What is the John Wick: Chapter 4 release date?
John Wick: Chapter 4 will be coming to cinemas on March 24, 2023. This was revealed in an announcement video in December 2021. Initially slated for 2021, and at one point reportedly lined up for same-day release alongside The Matrix 4, John Wick: Chapter 4 has suffered from a whole host of Covid-related delays.
In true John Wick fashion, Lionsgate followed suit of the past releases by sending fans who had signed up to an exclusive text service, a message saying they were back in business. It read: “Consider this a professional courtesy. John Wick: Chapter 4 is now in production.”
It was also shared alongside this image of an empty director’s chair, which on social media had the caption: “Anybody got a pencil sharpener? John Wick: Chapter 4 is now in production.”
“We’re also busy preparing scripts for the next two instalments of our John Wick action franchise,” John Feltheimer, CEO of Lionsgate, revealed in an earnings call in 2020. So, double John Wick. What more could we ask for? Triple, I guess.
And now, it seems that the delay has allowed the production more time to carry out reshoots. The majority of principal production was completed back in 2021, but new set photos have surfaced featuring Reeves and his co-star Ian McShane in New York. The impact these final reshoots will have on the plot, however, remains to be seen.
John Wick Chapter 4 trailer
The first teaser for John Wick 4 dropped at San Diego ComicCon 2022. The short trailer shows a now recovered John training for his war against the High Table and gives us the ominous warning that not even John Wick can kill everyone.
What is the John Wick: Chapter 4 plot?
John Wick first came out in 2014 as the assassin was brought out of retirement to avenge his poor dead puppy. In John Wick: Chapter 2, he had to fulfil an old blood oath. Then in John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, he fought the High Table, so what’s next for the deadly assassin?
Chapter 3 ended with a severely wounded John Wick being taken to an underground bunker by The Tick Tock Man (Jason Mantzoukas) to Bowery King (Laurence Fishburne), where they agreed that the High Table sucks.
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Winston (Ian McShane) left John for dead as he hoped to remain manager of The Continental and in good favour with the High Table. So, in Chapter 4, we hope to see a joining of forces between Bowery King and John Wick.
We also know that the crew have reportedly been on location in France, Germany, New York and Japan, so we can expect lots of intercontinental brawling.
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Chad Stahleski told Collider that the film will serve as something like a conclusion for the series.
“I think Chapter 4 is a good continuation of all three previous films, and it’s got a bit of a conclusion to it, which is great,” Stahleski explained. “We introduce a ton of new characters that have a lot to say about John Wick from his past and from, obviously, present. I think it’s brotherhood, it’s hope. It’s what the life would really be like as a bit of an existential crisis with John, and I think that’s the fun part of the movie.”
Who is in the John Wick: Chapter 4 cast?
The John Wick: Chapter 4 crew have clearly been in full casting mode with lots of names to add to the ever-growing IMDb page for the newest instalment, both returning and new.
- Keanu Reeves as John Wick
- Laurence Fishburne as The Bowery King
- Ian McShane as Winston
- Lance Reddick as Charon
“I read the script. It’s really, really cool. As much as it’s the same world as the other three films, it’s just deeper,” Laurence Fishburne said of the script in an interview with Collider. “It’s much deeper in terms of the code of the assassin and the relationship that he has with one character in particular, who I think Mr. Watanabe is playing, is really the heart and soul of it.
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However, Collider confirmed that Watanabe is supposedly the name of a character in the new film, not the name of a new cast member, for example, Ken Watanabe from The Last Samurai.
In terms of who’s new, here are some of the names that have been announced so far:
- Bill Skarsgård (IT)
- Clancy Brown (The Shawshank Redemption)
- Shamier Anderson (Stowaway)
- Donnie Yen (Ip Man)
- Hiroyuki Sanada (47 Ronin)
- Scott Adkins (Boyka: Undisputed)
- Marko Zaror (Redeemer)
During an interview with Collider, Bill Skarsgård revealed a little about how he was cast in his role, “Chad [Stahelski] reached out to me, and I met him a few times, and I really liked him. It was a really fun role. I’m not gonna go into detail [about] what it is, but it was a fun role and a run world.”
And when it comes to Donnie Yen’s role, Deadline revealed that Donnie will be playing an old friend of John Wick’s, sharing the same history and many of the same enemies.
Japanese-British singer Rina Sawayama from Turn Up Charlie will also make her acting debut in the action sequel. And that’s all the intel we have right now, but keep your eyes peeled, because if there’s one thing we’ve learned, it’s that killers like John are hiding in all corners.