What is The Continental release date? A prequel to the John Wick movies, The Continental was announced in June 2017. Although it’s been a long process, and we’re still waiting for it to hit our screens more than five years later, a lot more progress has been made recently as we hurtle towards the series debut.
Co-showrunners of the series are Greg Coolidge and Kirk Ward, while Chris Collins and Derek Kolstad, who both worked on the John Wick action movies, share writing credits for The Continental along with Ken Kristensen. Kolstad, Chad Stahelski, and Shawn Simmons will be serving as executive producers along with David Leitch, Paul Wernick, and Rhett Reese, with the latter three being known for their work on the Deadpool movies.
News for the TV series is coming thick and fast, but what everyone really wants to know about is The Continental release date, plot, cast and more — so we at The Digital Fix will do our best to deliver!
The Continental release date speculation
The Continental will be released in September 2023. However, we don’t know what day yet.
Peacock revealed that the show will be heading to the streaming service for an exclusive release in a press statement issued in August 2022. And producer Erica Lee [via Collider] has confirmed a September 2023 release window.
The Continental will release three 90-minute episodes, basically mini-movies.
What is The Continental plot?
The Continental will look at the backstory of the infamous hotel and delve into the past of Winston, who is played by Ian McShane in the John Wick movies.
“What we’re exploring in The Continental is the young Winston and how it came to be that he and his team of confederates found their way into this hotel, which we have met for the first time in the movie franchise 40 years later,” Kevin Beggs explained to Deadline.
Lee also revealed a New York 1970s setting, “We give so little about each character and about the hotel in each movie that I think people were really excited to learn more and dig deeper into The Continental like, what does the cleaner there look like? What is the staff like? How do you get into The Continental? How are the gold coins made? So, with this timeline and this setting, we’re allowed to do a really deep dive into that and explore a lot of that stuff.”
Albert Hughes will be directing the first and last episode, with Charlotte Brändström directing episode two.
He added that the spin-off series provides an “interesting backdrop to explore the origins of The Continental, which is famously (within the movie franchise) the assassin’s hotel in which you cannot kill anyone on the hotel grounds. But of course, if you step one foot out of the hotel, you’re fair game – and that’s employed to great effect in many of the plots in the movies. Running all of that is Winston.”
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Who’s in The Continental cast?
Colin Woodell replaces Ian McShane as a young Winston Scott and Ayomide Adegun will portray a young Charon.
The Continental cast:
- Colin Woodell as Winston
- Ayomide Adegun as Charon
- Peter Greene as Uncle Charlie
- Katie McGrath as The Adjudicator
- Mel Gibson as Cormac
- Nhung Kate as Yen
- Jessica Allain as Lou
- Adam Shapiro as Lemmy
- Sally Garnett as The Concierge
- Mishel Prada as KD
- Ben Robson as Frankie
- Hubert Point-Du Jour as Miles
Returning characters like Winston, Charon, and Uncle Charlie are all being played by alternate actors to portray their younger counterparts (Woodell, Adegun, and Peter Greene, respectively).
And sorry to disappoint, but there’s one character who won’t be returning: John Wick. Although Keanu Reeves will be playing a producer role behind the scenes, Beggs said that the backdrop of The Continental is “way back pre-John Wick and even pre-young John Wick” and so “that character is not finding his way into the universe.”
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However, there are plenty of other exciting new casting choices and characters to keep you entertained, with Katie McGrath playing The Adjudicator and Mel Gibson playing the mysterious Cormac.
And that’s all we know about The Continental so far!
John Wick 4 was released in theatres on March 24, 2023, and you can read all about it in our John Wick 4 review. While we wait for The Continental, find out everyone who dies in John Wick 4 and who is Mr Nobody.